2018 Concordia Officers

President                             Tom Carsten

Vice President                     Rob Pauley  

Treasurer                             Gary Mauth

Congregational Secretary    Bob Allen

Financial Secretary              Carolyn Sayles


Church Council

Worship Ministry                 Patricia Schmidt

Congregational Ministry      Nancy Wyckoff

Outreach Ministry                see Pastor Mark

Support Ministry                  Danny Burley  

Head Elder                          Bob Gudmestad

Concordia's Constitution



590 N. Oak Harbor St.

Oak Harbor, Washington



Revised:            July 19, 1992


Revised:          October 1982

                        July 19, 1992

                        May 21, 2000

                     August 18, 2002

                    October 12, 2007




1.0            NAME

2.0            MISSION

3.0            Statement of Belief

4.0            MEMBERSHIP



7.0            OFFICERS AND BOARDS




11.0           AMENDMENTS


Revised          October 14, 1987

                      March 12, 1989

                      July 19, 1992

                      May 21, 2000

                      August 18, 2002

                      August 17, 2003

                      February 13, 2005

                      October 12, 2007

December 4, 2011



20.0            Organizational Structure

21.0            Election of Officers

22.0            Officers/Ministry Team leaders and Functions

23.0            MEETINGS






God requires that a Christian congregation shall conform to His divine Word in doctrine and practice (Psalm 119:105, Matthew 28:18-20, Galatians 1:6-8, 2 Timothy 4:1-5) and that all things be done decently and in order (1 Corinthians 14:20).


Therefore, in joyful witness to our identity under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, we, the members of Concordia Lutheran Church, located at Oak Harbor, Island County, Washington, accept and subscribe to the following Constitution and Bylaws, in accordance with which all spiritual and material affairs of our congregation shall be governed.










The name of this congregation shall be Concordia Lutheran Church of Oak Harbor, Island County, Washington; a member of Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS)






Since "Concordia" means "one in heart", our mission is to bring people to oneness in the Christian faith by being an example of Jesus' love and sharing that gospel love with our diverse community.  (Ephesians 4:12-13, John 13:34-35, Matthew 28:19-20)








This congregation believes without reservation:


3.1     The Scriptures of the Old and the New Testaments as the written Word of


God and the only rule and norm of faith and practice. 


3.2     All the symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church as a true and unadulterated statement and exposition of the Word of God, to wit: the three Ecumenical Creeds (the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, the Athanasian Creed), the Unaltered Augsburg Confession, The Apology of the Augsburg Confession, the Smalcald Articles, the Large Catechism of Luther, the Small Catechism of Luther, and the Formula of Concord.




3.3     God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female.  These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Gen. 1:26-27). Rejection of one’s biological sex is rejection of the image of God within that person.


3.4     The term marriage has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Gen. 2:18- 25). We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (1 Cor. 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb.13:4). We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.


3.5     We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultry, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God (Matt. 15:18-20; 1 Cor. 6:9-10)


3.6     We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sins, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ;


          We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, Christian love, and kindness. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with either Scripture or doctrines of the Church;


          We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of the church, and to provide a biblical role to the church members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by the church in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, should abide by and agree to this           statement on marriage and sexuality and conduct themselves accordingly. 


          To ensure adherence with these beliefs, Concordia will only perform marriages for current members of our congregation or verified members of sister Missouri Synod congregations. All wedding ceremonies will require a meeting and pre-marriage counseling with our Pastor.  Marriages will be performed only by verified Missouri Synod Pastors. Receptions will be limited to weddings performed by Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod Pastors.


3.7     We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God, in his image. Human life is of intestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other   stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefor called to defend, protect and value all human life (Ps. 139)






4.1     The membership of this congregation includes the following:


4.1.1          Baptized members are those who in response to Christ's command


 and promise are baptized into the name of the Father, Son and


Holy Spirit.  Such a blessing of union with God is not only bestowed upon adults but children and infants as well. (Acts 2:38-39)


4.12          Communicant members are those who are baptized and upon


completion of a prescribed course of instruction in the Christian


Faith and Life have publicly identified themselves with the church of


Jesus Christ and this congregation in particular.  Communing


members are those who, confessing their sins and trusting Christ's


Word of Promise "given and shed for you", joyously eat and drink


the Body and Blood of Christ present "in, with, and under" the


observable elements of bread and wine.


4.1.3          Voting members of the congregation are baptized, confirmed and


eighteen (18) years of age or older who have signed the


constitution, and thereby expressed their interest in the business


affairs of the congregation together with their willingness to serve if


time and talent allow.


4.2          Reception




4.2.1      Baptism.  Christian baptism is an event in which the promised


blessings of forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit is


conferred upon anyone who in response to Christ's command and


promise receives the blessing by faith. (1 Peter 3:21)


4.2.2      Confirmation.  This is an ancient rite of the Christian Church


whereby individuals who have received instruction in the Christian


Faith and Life not only re-confirm their baptismal vows but promise


"faithfulness to the triune God even unto death."


4.2.3      Transfer of Membership.  Individuals holding membership in


another LCMS congregation are, upon presentation of transfer, received into membership of this congregation.


4.2.4      Re-affirmation of Faith.  Persons, who have for a variety of reasons


and circumstances become separated from active participation in a


LCMS congregation, may, upon the recommendation of the


Pastor and the Board of Elders, be received into the membership of


the congregation.


4.3     Duties




Members of the congregation shall conform their entire lives to the rule of God's Word, and to that end make diligent use of the means of grace, exercise faithful stewardship of God's many gifts and talents, impart and accept fraternal admonition as the need of such admonition becomes apparent, and be readily available for service in the kingdom of Christ within and beyond the congregation.


4.4          Termination




4.4.1          Transfer of membership.  Upon the written request of any member


in good standing, a transfer of membership is issued by the Pastor  in consultation with the Board of Elders.


4.4.2          Joining a Non-LCMS ChurchJoining a Christian church other than Lutheran can terminate membership. Due to confessional commitments, transfers are not issued in such     cases.


4.4.3   Moving away and leaving no forwarding address.  If, after a one (1)


year period, a member who has moved cannot be located, such


names shall be removed from the rolls and placed in an inactive file


for possible future reference.


4.4.4   Self-exclusion.  Members are free to voluntarily terminate their


membership.  However, a peaceable release is granted only in


those instances wherein the person resigning is free from any


animosity toward the congregation or the Pastor.  Any


communicant who has not attended and communed within the past


year shall be considered as having so excluded themselves and


may be removed from the rolls and placed in an inactive file for


possible future reference, unless a valid excuse is offered to the


Board of Elders.


4.4.5   Ex-communication.  Communicant members who conduct


themselves in an unchristian manner shall be admonished


according to Matthew 18:15-20.  If they remain impenitent after


proper admonition, they shall be excommunicated.  Each case shall


be presented individually to the voters' assembly for a decision.  A


three-fourths (3/4) majority vote by the voters present shall be


required for excommunication.  If such members deliberately


absent themselves from the meeting(s) at which their cases are to


be discussed, they shall be regarded as having excluded


themselves from the membership of the congregation. Restoration.   Such person or persons who have been


                    excommunicated and who has (have) repented of


                    their sin, and evidenced the same to the Pastor and


                    the Board of Elders, thereby seeking readmission to


                    communicant membership in this congregation, shall


                    be received back into the Christian fellowship of the


                    congregation as a member in good standing.




5.1     The Function of Pastor.  The Office of Public Ministry is God’s own unique


gift to the church.  The duty of those who hold office is to preach the


Gospel and administer the sacraments in the church and to supervise the


flock committed to their care. He is the Shepherd, Overseer and Elder of the church in that place.  The ultimate responsibility for what is taught and for guiding the lives of the flock is his. He is the spiritual leader of the ministry


5.2          Principal Requirements of Pastor.  This congregation shall establish the


Pastoral Office, which shall be conferred only on such a Pastor or


candidate who professes and adheres to the confessional standard set


forth in Section 3 of this constitution, who is qualified for his work, which


has been endorsed by the Synod, and who is a member of the Synod. 


The same shall apply to called teachers in the parochial school and to


other called workers.


5.3          Procedure for Calling.


5.3.1     This congregation has the exclusive right to call ordained and


commissioned ministers. The Board of Elders shall serve as the


screening committee for a pastoral call.  The Board of Education


shall perform that function for the calling of a teacher.  That


committee will solicit suggested candidates from the District




5.3.2     In a meeting specially called for that purpose individual members of


the congregation shall be encouraged to submit nominations.


5.3.3     The compiled list of candidates shall be publicized throughout the


congregation, together with appropriate information, for a period of


no less than two (2) weeks prior to the call meeting.


5.3.4     The election shall take place by means of a secret ballot.


5.3.5     The election shall be by a three-fourths (3/4) majority or, if at all


possible, unanimous.


5.3.6     Upon election of a candidate, the President of the congregation, the


Secretary, and the Chairman of the Board of Elders shall sign the


call document and notify the person called in the most efficient way




5.4          Removal from office.  Any Pastor or other called worker or any officer may


be removed from office by the voters' assembly by a three-fourths (3/4)


majority vote, in Christian and lawful order, for one of the following


reasons:  persistent adherence to false doctrine, scandalous life, willful


neglect of duties, or inability to perform the duties of the office.  Charges of


any of these counts shall be carefully investigated by the Board of Elders. 


Should such charges be substantiated by clear evidence, the person shall


be given the opportunity to resign.  Such opportunity having been given


and rejected, the above-named Board of Elders shall, after notifying the


District President, notify the voters assembly of the situation and shall


submit the matter for action at a special meeting of the congregation


called for that purpose.






6.1     The Function of the Laity. Christ Himself created the Priesthood of all


Believers.  The Office of the Keys have been given to the church and they


share in the responsibility for the ministry of the church.  The laity are both


the recipients of the ministry (receiving the grace of God that is offered


through it) and servants of the ministry (those who do the work of service


[Eph 4:12], and, carry out the great commission of making disciples [Matt


28:19].  They may establish and hold other offices to assist in the pastoral


functions of leadership in the church.  All the laity should use the many


different situations and opportunities in life for service to their Lord through


the church and in their individual life.  (They are the enablers and persons


responsible for the ministry


6.2          Principal Requirements of Laity.  The voting membership shall be the


governing body of the congregation and shall be empowered to administer


and manage all its affairs.  It shall be empowered to own such property as


is necessary for the fulfillment of its mission as expressed in Section 2. 


The establishment and conduct of all organizations and societies within


the congregation or related directly to it shall be subject to the approval


and supervision of the voting membership. 


6.3     All matters shall be decided by a majority vote of the voter’s assembly


unless otherwise specified by this Constitution or Bylaws, excluding


matters of doctrine and conscience, which shall be decided only on the


basis of the Word of God.


6.4     The right of calling Pastors or other called workers shall be vested in the


voter’s assembly.










This congregation shall have the following officers and boards in addition to any that the congregation shall authorize from time to time.




7.1          Authority.  The Officers, Boards, and Committees, whether elected or


appointed, shall have no authority beyond that which has been conferred


upon them, and whatever authority may have been delegated to them may


at any time be altered or revoked.


7.2          Officers.  The elected officers of the congregation are the president, the


vice-president, the secretary, and the treasurer. Any two (2) Officers must


sign legal documents on behalf of the congregation.


7.3          Limitations.  Women may serve as Officers and as members of Boards


and Committees as long as these positions are not directly involved in the


specific functions of the Pastoral Office (preaching, the public


administration of the Sacraments, church discipline) and as long as this


service does not violate the order of creation (usurping authority over


men). Accordingly, they shall not serve as Pastor, as a member of the


Board of Elders, or as President or Vice-President of the congregation.


7.4          Duties.  A list of Officers, Boards, and Committees and their duties shall


be given in the Bylaws.






This congregation shall be a member of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and offer such support as enables the synod to fulfill its avowed objectives.  The authority of the synod in relationship to the congregation shall always be, in the words of Synod's constitution "advisory and not legislative".






9.1     If at any time a division should take place on account of doctrine, the


property of the congregation and all benefits connected therewith shall


remain with those communicant members who continue to adhere in


confession and practice to Section 3 of this Constitution, as determined by


the adjudication procedure of the Synod.


9.2     If division takes place for any other reason, the property shall remain with


the majority of the communicant members who continue to adhere in


confession and practice to Section 3 of this Constitution, as determined by


the adjudication procedure of the Synod.


9.3     In the event the congregation should dissolve, the property and all rights


connected therewith shall be transferred to the Northwest District of The


Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.


9.4     If a membership in the congregation is terminated and is recorded in the


minutes of the congregation, any and all claims to property are forfeited.






10.1          Worship and Related Activities.  Only such hymns, prayers, and liturgies


shall be used in the public services of the congregation and in all


ministerial acts and educational activities as conform to the confessional


standard of Section 3 of this Constitution.


10.2          Organizations.  This congregation is firmly opposed to all societies,


lodges, and organizations of an unchristian or anti-Christian character,


and, it is committed to witness publicly and privately to the one and only


Gospel set forth in the Holy Scriptures. The congregation reserves the


right to address individual cases of membership with responsible Pastoral








11.1          Unalterable Parts.  Those parts of this Constitution and Bylaws that


pertain to the confessional standard of Section 3 may not be altered in


their essential meaning.


11.2          Amendments.  Amendments to this Constitution may be adopted at a


regular meeting of the voter’s assembly, provided that:


11.2.1      They do not conflict with the provisions laid down in Section


3 or with any other section that pertains to a Scriptural


doctrine and practice; and


11.2.2      The proposed amendment has been submitted in writing at a


previous meeting of the voters assembly and published prior


to the meeting at which the proposed amendment will be


acted on; and


11.2.3           An affirmative vote of a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the


quorum of voters specified in Bylaws Article 23.1.2.







Article 20.0 - ORGANIZATIONAL Structure




20.1          Church Council:  The Church Council shall consist of the Pastor,


President, Vice-President, Secretary, Chairman of the board of Elders or his designee, Treasurer and the Ministry Group Leaders for Worship, Congregational Ministries, Outreach and Chairman of Trustees.  The Church Council operates as a “team” by working together with:


  • A sense of openness;
  • A sense of equality among its members;
  • A shared responsibility for the entire ministry of the congregation.


20.1.1           Meetings of the Church Council shall occur at least


monthly, with additional meetings scheduled as deemed


necessary by the Council.  All meeting dates, times and


shall be announced in advance to the congregation.


20.1.2           The Church Council shall accept full responsibility for


coordinating all activities administered in the name of the




20.1.3           The Church Council shall act on behalf of the congregation


with such action to be ratified at the next congregational


meeting.  A simple majority shall be required to carry a


motion or resolution.


20.1.4      The Church Council shall plan an annual program of


congregational activities, which will enable the congregation


to fulfill its mission as outlined in Section 2 of the




20.1.5           The Church Council shall prepare the Agenda for all


meetings of the congregational voting assembly.


20.1.6      The Church Council shall provide the Treasurer with


guidance, as requested, on priority of bill payment.  Non-


budgeted expenditures of over $1,000.00 shall require prior


congregational approval (except emergencies, which require council approval).  The congregation will be notified via the bulletin.




20.1.7      The Church Council shall promote and manage the


Concordia Lutheran Church Memorial/Endowment Fund and


any other special funds, in accordance with existing




20.2    The Ministry Groups.  These groups are composed of a Ministry Leader


and appointed individuals whose general responsibility is to provide the


congregation with leadership in fulfilling ministry to one another and the






20.2.1           List of Ministry Groups:
        Worship Ministries        Congregational Ministries        Outreach Ministries        Trustees




20.2.2           General Guidelines for Ministry Groups:          Each Ministry Group, working under the


leadership of a Ministry Leader, is authorized


to initiate and implement such activities and


programs as enables that Ministry Group to


fulfill the functions assigned it in this


Constitution and Bylaws.          Each Ministry Group is authorized to


administer the funds assigned it in the budget


adopted by the congregation, however, the


Church Council reserves the right to restrict


such expenditures in the event of a serious gap


between “monies budgeted” and “offerings


received”.  Further, each newly elected Ministry


Leader should coordinate with their Ministry


Group to annually prepare and submit a budget


proposal.          Each Ministry Leader is authorized to appoint


special committees within its Group, should the


need arise, with the support of the Leadership


Team.  Each Ministry Leader will appoint a


Coordinator for each of the committees in its


area, with the support of the Leadership Team. 


Each Ministry Leader should meet with those


Coordinators on a monthly basis to encourage,


train and support them.          Each Ministry Leader will provide a written


report of their activities to the congregation in


the newsletter and at congregational meetings.          Ministry Leaders’ responsibilities include


attending meetings of the Church Council


and of the Congregation and serving as


liaisons between the congregational members


and the Church Council.




Article 21.0 - ELECTION of Officers




21.1    Terms of Office. The President, Vice-President, Financial Secretary and


Ministry Team Leaders shall be elected for a one (1) year term.  The


Treasurer, Secretary, Trustees and Elders shall be elected for two (2) year terms.


21.1.1           The Treasurer, (1) Trustee and two (2) Elders shall be elected in years


ending with an even number.


21.1.2      The Secretary, (1) Trustee and two (2) Elders shall be elected in years


ending with an odd number.


21.2          Nominating Procedure.


21.2.1     A Nominating Committee, comprised of the President, the


Chairman of the Board of Elders and other members, as


deemed necessary, shall be activated by the President of


the congregation early in September of each year.


21.2.2     Nominations shall be made from the voting membership of


the congregation.


21.2.3     All nominees shall be notified in person by the Nominating


Committee, offering opportunity to discuss the office to which




21.2.4     Once the Nominating Committee has an established list of


candidates, the list shall be published in the bulletin at least


two (2) Sundays prior to the meeting called for the election.


21.2.5     Nominations may be made from the floor, providing the


nominee has given permission to the nominator.


21.3          Election Procedure.


21.3.1    The election shall be conducted by secret ballot.


21.3.2          The election shall take place in the following order: 


President, Vice-President, Board of Elders, Secretary,


Treasurer, Financial Secretary and each Ministry Leader.


Candidates defeated for one office are eligible for another,


provided they have given their consent prior to nominating.


21.4          Installation of Officers.  Elected Officers and Ministry Leaders of the


congregation shall be installed in the month of December and assume


office on January 1st of each year.


21.5          Vacancies.  The President with recommendations and approval of the


Church Council may appoint persons to fill vacancies until the next


scheduled congregational meeting, at which time the appointee(s) or other


nominee(s) would be voted into office by the congregation,




Article 22.0  - OFFICER /ministry Team leaders and Functions




22.1          President functions:  The President shall provide the administrative


leadership of the congregation, and shall:


22.1.1    Preside at all business meetings of the congregation.


22.1.2    See that the Constitution and Bylaws of the congregation are


followed in an evangelical yet consistent manner.


22.1.3    Accept responsibility for the implementation of all resolutions


adopted by the congregation.




22.1.4           Appoint in September, an annual Budget Committee (which


consists of the Church Council Members and one Elder;


the Treasurer shall serve as Chairman.


22.1.5    Appoint in January a Financial Review Committee to conduct


an end of calendar year review in accordance with


guidelines provided in the Treasurer’s Manual.


22.1.6    Perform such other duties as may be assigned by the


congregation and/or Church Council.


22.1.7    Act as an ex-officio member of all committees.


22,2    Vice-President functions:


22.2.1    Assume the duties of the President in event of illness,


vacation or vacating of office.


22.2.2           Assist the President in motivating all members of Boards and


special Committees to fulfill their stated functions.


22.2.3           Insure the distribution of the Constitution and Bylaws to all


members of the congregation, giving special attention to


elected Officers and Church Council, making sure they


understand their functions.


22.3          Secretary functions:


22.3.1    Attend all meetings of the congregation, and make an


accurate recording of all business transacted.


22.3.2    Record the Minutes in a permanent record book.


22.3.3    Transact all official correspondence of the congregation.


22.3.4    Administer and maintain an accurate record of the voting


registration process.


22.4          Treasurer functions:


22.4.1           Record all receipts and disbursements.


22.4.2           Promptly pay all salaries and bills authorized by the




22.4.3           Keep all Boards and special Committees fully informed of


the relationship between amounts budgeted in their behalf


and the amount disbursed.


22.4.4           Submit a report to the congregation each month, which


shows the relationship between receipts and disbursements.


22.4.5           Seek guidance from the Support Ministry Leader in priority of


payment of bills.


22.4.6           Serve as Chairman of the Budget Committee and present


new calendar year budget during the November


congregational meeting.


22.5          Financial Secretary functions:


22.5.1           Supervise the counting of all contributions and recording of


same in books, which shall remain the property of the




22.5.2               Supervise the deposit of all monies counted.


22.5.3               Report all receipts to the Treasurer each week.


22.5.4           Make regular reports to the congregation indicating total


offerings, offerings in relationship to needs for meeting


budgeted items, etc.


22.5.5               Maintain a confidential record of individual offerings.


22.5.6           Submit all records for financial review at end of calendar




22.5.7           Maintain and give each member a quarterly and calendar


year-end statement of their offerings.


          22.5.8           Issue envelops to each family at beginning of year, new


                              families as they join, and new confirmands.


22.6    The Board of Elders:  The Board of Elders shall consist of the male


members of the Leadership Team and four (4) elected Elders.  The elected elders shall meet immediately after the elections to select a Chairman for the Board of Elders.  The Board of Elders shall assist the Pastor in the spiritual life of the congregation, specifically:


22.6.1           Pray unceasingly not only for themselves and their families,


but for the entire congregation, the Pastor and his family.


22.6.2*          Endeavor to know the entire congregation, but give special


attention to knowing the families entrusted to their care.


22.6.3*         Assist the Pastor in calling on the sick, the hospitalized, the


shut-ins and the bereaved, providing them tangible


expressions of Christian love.


22.6.4*          Investigate all cases of reported physical hardship within the


congregation, and take appropriate action.


22.6.5           Assist the Pastor in the creation and preservation of a spirit


of peace, love and harmony throughout the congregation.


22.6.6*          Consider complaints and grievances of the members one


toward another, following the evangelical procedure outlined


by our Lord in Matthew 18:15-18.


22.6.7*          Prepare and facilitate an annual performance review and


review of salary for the Pastor. Make appropriate


recommendations to the Budget Committee.


22.6.8           Assist the Pastor in the administration of the Sacraments


and such other Pastoral functions of the worship as are


delegated by the Pastor and the congregation.  Only past and present elders shall assist in the administration of public Sacraments (see 22.6 above). 




22.6.9*         In cooperation with the Pastor, arrange for Pastoral


assistance in the event of the Pastor's illness or vacation,


and coordinate hosting the Guest Pastor.


22.6.10        In the event of a vacancy, take full responsibility for


implementing the "procedures for calling a Pastor" as


outlined in Article 5.2 of the Constitution.


22.6.11*       Submit an annual budget request in the form and at the time


requested by those compiling the budget for the new year.


(Sections marked with a "*" are normally performed by the four elected






22.7          Worship Ministries: This Ministry Group shall lead the congregation in


congregational and private worship, providing support for meaningful


worship experiences.  This Group's responsibilities should include, but not


be limited to, the following functions:


22.7.1           Enlist, train and schedule worship support, such as Ushers,


Readers, Acolytes, and Nursery Attendants.


22.7.2           Support the Altar Guild, which prepares and cares for the


Altar, communion ware, paraments, banners, etc.


22.7.3           Provide for responsible care of children in the nursery during


worship services, Bible studies, congregational meetings


and other church events.


22.7.4           Coordinate the music program of the church, including


organists and accompanists, choirs, directors and other




22.7.5           Provide assistance to the Pastor in planning the


musical/liturgical content of the worship services.


22.8    Outreach Ministries: This Ministry Group shall lead the congregation in    outreach to others in the community, and shall enhance Concordia’s


presence on Whidbey Island.  This Group’s responsibilities should


include, but not be limited to the following functions:




22.8.1           Encourage and train members to share their faith and invite


others to congregational events.


22.8.2           Plan Ways to contact those of our community who are


unchurched through advertising and other means.


22.8.3           Provide follow-up contact with visitors to our congregation.


22.8.4     Provide follow-up contact with pre-school families.


22.8.5           Assimilate prospective members into the congregational life


of the church, specifically, invite prospective members to


attend Membership Classes, arrange for transfers of


members of other Lutheran churches, and provide


membership orientation and new member follow-up.


22.8.6           Encourage members who are moving away to affiliate with a


sister congregation as soon as possible; provide support for


them in their move; and, contact the congregation nearest


their destination with a letter of introduction and a request for


in welcoming our member to visit their congregation.


22.9          Congregational Ministries:  This Ministry Group shall coordinate the


various ministries that strengthen edify and train congregational members


in their personal discipleship.  This Group's responsibilities should include, but not be limited, to the following functions:


22.9.1           The Board of Education, which shall foster Christian nurture


among the youth, especially in and through our Pre-School,


Sunday School, Youth Group and VBS ministries.


22.9.2           The Fellowship Committee, which shall plan events to assist


bringing the entire membership into close fellowship with one


another (annual events, pot-luck dinners, picnics, parties,




22.9.3           Specialized ministries focusing on men, women (including


LWML), families and singles.


22.9.4           In-reach support ministries to include such programs as


member visitation, Telecare and the Prayer Chain.


22.9.5           Adult Education, which includes Bible Studies, Marriage


Enrichment and other programs.


22.9.6           Coordinate with auxiliary ministries such as Thrivent and




22.10          Trustees:      This Group's responsibilities include, but are not limited to,                                    the following:




22.10.1          Appoint Trustees who will perform care and maintenance of


the buildings and property.




22.10.2          Oversee all contracts entered into by the church.




22.10.3          Ensure the church has proper insurance to cover buildings,                                     grounds and personnel conducting business on church                                         property. 










23.1          Congregational Meetings (The Voting Membership)


23.1.1    General Guidelines:          The congregation shall meet annually in the month of


November for the election of Officers and adoption of


an annual calendar year congregational budget.          All regular and/or special meetings of the


congregation shall be announced in the bulletin at


least two consecutive Sundays prior to the scheduled


meeting.          Special meetings of the congregation may be called


at any time by a majority of the Leadership Team or


upon the written request of ten (10) or more voting


members of the congregation.  Special meetings shall


confine discussion to the express purpose for which


the meeting has been called.          Each meeting shall be conducted in accordance with


the latest issue of Robert's Rules of Order.


23.1.2      Quorum.  Twelve (12) voting members at a validly called meeting   shall constitute a quorum.


23.1.3      Order of Business:  Meetings shall reflect adherence to a planned agenda.  Persons having matters to be brought before the body shall be encouraged to present them to the President prior to the convening of the meeting.  The agenda for regular meetings shall normally be:       Opening devotion. Reading of minutes.       Reception of new voting members.          Reports:  The Pastor, Treasurer, Chairman of the


Elders and each of the Ministry Group Leaders shall


prepare a written report of functions performed in


accord with the Bylaws of this Constitution, and, after


presentation of the report to the Voting Assembly,


place it in the hands of the Secretary.          Continuing business.        New business.        Closing prayer.        Adjournment.


23.2          Church Council Meetings.  The Church Council meetings shall follow


an Order of Business similar to Article 23.1.3, but may be modified as


situations dictate.











Amendments to the Bylaws of this Constitution may be made at any regular meeting of the congregation.  A two-thirds (2/3) majority of the quorum of voters specified by Article 23.1.2 is required to pass amendments.

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