St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church
304 Monroe Ave
North Mankato, MN 56001
THE EXECUTIVE MINISTRY TEAM
The Executive Ministry Team (EMT), consisting of the executive officers and the pastors, shall assist the Coordinating Church Council. The President of the congregation shall serve as chairman. The team will:
1. Serve at the direction of the council and be responsible to the council
2. Annually, with leader and membership input, review and recommend draft and priority changes in the adopted vision and conduct ongoing long-range planning in accord with the overally mission of thec ongregation.
3. Secure or complete the research needed for council decisions not assigned to specific boards and provide working documents for discussion by the council.
COORDINATING CHURCH COUNCIL
The Coordinating Council is made up of the Executive Ministry Team(EMT)and the chairman of the five ministry boards. In addition, the pastors, staff minister, and vicar are non-voting members of the Council. Each chairman of his specific board provides regular reports at Council meetings.
The voters elect council officers, based on individual gifts to specific offices. The President is elected to a 1year term. The President-elect is elected to a 1year term and serves the next year as President. The treasurer and secretary are elected to a 2 year term and may serve 2 consecutive terms after which they are not eligible to serve in any elected position until 1 year has passed.
Within each board, there are ministry teams whose task is to carry out a specific task or goal within a board's area of the congregation's vision. Ministry teams can be of any size and maybe filled by men or women, usually selected on the basis of gifts and interests by the coordinator, with the assistance of the board and approval of the council.
The voters of the congregation are the source of all human authority in the church. Operationally, the voters:
1. Approve and/or amend the annual ministry program and its budget
2. Buy, sell, or lease property on behalf of the congregation
3. Are responsible for establishing broad direction, vision and policy
4. Elect leaders
5. Call pastors, teachers and staff ministers
6. Approve a congregation-wide capital campaign or incur a loan.
7. Meet once a year with the possibility of special meetings as needed, for the purpose of seeking input and insights from members.