The voting membership of the Congregation Council shall consist of the pastor(s) and not more than 15 members of the congregation and the officers of the congregation. Any voting member of the congregation may be elected, subject only to the limitation on the length of continuous service permitted in that office.
The Congregation Council shall be elected annually by the voting membership of the congregation in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 12 of the Constitution.
Each year, five members of the Congregation Council shall be elected by written ballot at the annual Organizational Congregational Meeting to serve for three years or until their successors are elected. Such members shall be eligible to serve no more than two full terms consecutively. Their term shall begin at the close of the annual meeting at which they are elected.
The Congregation Council shall have general oversight of the life and activities of this congregation, and in particular its worship life, to the end that everything be done in accordance with the Word of God and the faith and practice of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The duties of the Congregation Council shall include the following:
- To lead this congregation in stating its mission, to do long-range planning, to set goals and priorities, and to evaluate its activities in light of its mission and goals.
- To seek to involve all members of this congregation in worship, learning, witness, service, and support.
- To oversee and provide for the administration of this congregation to enable it to fulfill its functions and perform its mission.
- To maintain supportive relationships with the pastor(s) and staff and help them annually to evaluate the fulfillment of their calling, appointment, or employment.
- To be examples individually and corporately of the style of life and ministry expected of all baptized person.
- To promote a congregational climate of peace and goodwill and, as differences and conflicts arise, to endeavor to foster mutual understanding.
- To arrange for pastoral service during the sickness or absence of the pastor.
- To emphasize partnership with the synod and churchwide units of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as well as cooperation with other congregations, both Lutheran and non-Lutheran, subject to established policies of the synod and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
- To recommend and encourage the use of program resources produced or approved by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
The Congregation Council shall be responsible for the financial and property matters of this congregation.
The Congregation Council shall see that the provisions of the constitution and its bylaws are carried out.
The Congregation Council shall provide for an annual review of the membership roster.
The Congregation Council shall be responsible for the appointment and supervision of the salaried lay workers of this congregation.
The Congregation Council shall submit a comprehensive report to this congregation at the annual meetings.
The Congregation Council shall normally meet once a month. Special meetings may be called by the pastor or president, and shall be called at the request of at least on-half of its members.