Boards and Committees

 
BOARD OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
  1. Oversee the faculty and staff of St. James Lutheran School.
  2. Oversee the school curriculum.
  3. Oversee the Early Childhood Program and school’s extra-curricular activities.
  4. Develop school policies.
  5. Oversee the financial management and budget of the school.
  6. Oversee staff evaluations of St. James Lutheran School.
 
BOARD MEMBERS:
 
Lynn Beckham and Heather Brooks - Co-Chairs
Shawn Cline
Donnie Fahler
Chris Northington
 

 
BOARD OF EVANGELISM
  1. Proclaim the Gospel to all people, encourage evangelism in other programs/societies/auxiliary organizations.
  2. Prayer toward all people, sharing Christ with everyone, annual visitation program
  3. Emphasize an every-member education program annually.
  4. Utilize “The Lutheran Hour”, “This is the Life”, and other Synodical or Christian programs.
  5. Canvass areas to record, study, and utilize results in churching the lost and straying.
  6. Maintain a training and calling program for witnessing by members of the congregation.
  7. Periodically sponsor dinners, fellowship nights, etc.
  8. Supervise the Lutheran Laymen’s League and the Lutheran Women in Mission.

BOARD MEMBERS:

Jerry Ripke - Chair
Janet Clark
LaVaughan Evans
Nolita Freel
Linda Kyrouac
Beth Lancaster
 

 
BOARD OF HUMAN RESOURCES
  1. Evaluate and recommend changes for base hourly wages and changes in benefit plan.
  2. Update Personnel Manual/Handbook.
  3. Develop policies as needed to address any circumstances not already covered.
  4. Evaluate any federal changes that effect employees.

BOARD MEMBERS:

Mark Bunton - Chair
Randy Strawsma
Matt Wilcox
 

 
BOARD OF ELDERS
  1. Pray for, encourage, be concerned about all aspects of the pastors and their families including compensation, housing, free time, vacation, and assistance in times of need or illness.
  2. Supervise the instruction of youth and adults for confirmation and church membership.
  3. Oversee the financial management and budget of the church.
  4. Supervise/help manage the organists, altar guild, altar flowers, acolytes, chancel decorations, visitation committee, ushering staff, and greeting staff.
  5. Assist the pastors in the distribution of communion.
  6. Approve new forms of worship, liturgies, and hymns for use in public worship.
  7. Maintain an adequate supply of expendable items for worship such as communion cards, pencils, communion wine, wafers, baptismal napkins, candles, etc.

BOARD MEMBERS:

Michael O'Donnell - Chair
Mark Bowman
Larry Buess
Dick Collison
Andrew Lorenz
Jason Plassard
Steve Schamber
Ken VanderHoff
Jeff Wetzel
 

 
 BOARD OF PARISH EDUCATION
  1. Plan, schedule, and implement classes on a quarterly basis for religious study on Sunday mornings and throughout the week.
  2. Assist the D.C.E. in recruiting and staffing the classes offered for each quarter and with Vacation Bible School program.
  3. Monitor enrollments and curriculum of Sunday school classes.
  4. Plan and implement special celebrations throughout the church year.
  5. Maintain and increase the number of small group ministries within the congregation.

BOARD MEMBERS:

Rebecca Rowan - Chair
Grace Gillespie
Amanda Goodspeed
 

 
BOARD OF STEWARDSHIP
  1. Encourage the Gospel motivated practice of joyous, worshipful, liberal, proportionate, first-fruits giving, and tithing in response to received blessings and recognized needs.
  2. Educate the congregation on practical ways to support the Church and expand sources of financial support.
  3. Examination of the budget and cash flow.
  4. Connect people’s time and talent to interests within the Church.
  5. Coordinate all fund raising activities within the Church and School, and to screen all outside appeals for funds so to make appropriate recommendations to the Voters Assembly.
  6. Evaluate the offerings of the congregation regularly and share these evaluations publicly.

BOARD MEMBERS:

vacant - Chair
 

 
BOARD OF YOUTH MINISTRY
  1. Promote, exemplify, and provide opportunities for the youth to integrate into congregational worship life and fellowship.
  2. Communicate to the congregation the activities, programs, and services that the youth is involved in or providing.
  3. Foster the attitude that the Youth Ministry is “for the youth, by the youth” in order to create a sense of ownership within the youth group and to promote future leaders of the Church thru genuine Christian fellowship.

BOARD MEMBERS:

Karrie Tarter - Chair
Kristy McCain
Tina Parker
Joy Plassard
 

 
BOARD OF CHURCH PROPERTIES
 
The basic objectives of this board are the proper maintenance and repair of church property, the representation of the congregation in all legal matters, and the general protection of the congregation against loss or damage of whatever nature.

BOARD MEMBERS:
 
Russ Shoemaker - Chair
Michael Arden
Hal Bodkin
Irv Dieterle
Julie Grott
Lynn Keiser
Bob Klaiber
Kitrick Knobloch
Keith Lah
Kyle Myers