Our primary governing body is the Church Council, which consists of nine elected members and the pastor(s). It is responsible for the spiritual life and mission of the congregation, and is ultimately responsible for all policy and financial decisions.
Formal and informal groups are often the “arms” through which the work of the church is done. Several formal groups report regularly to the Council, have their own objectives that support the mission of the church and often have resources allocated in the operating budget. They have official leadership, meetings, and minutes to help accomplish their objectives. Informal groups are often formed to accomplish a specific task and can involve anyone in the congregation. They generally dissolve when the specific task or goal is met.
An overview of Zion’s formal committees is included below.
• The Budget and Finance Committee calls for and evaluates budget input from each operating committee for inclusion in the annual budget.
• The Building Committee’s primary objective is to evaluate the future needs of Zion’s ministries and plan for building and construction.
• The Christian Education Committee’s purpose is to equip adults and youth in knowledge of Holy Scripture and build Christ-centered relationships between adults and youth.
• The Memorials Committee manages memorial donations that are given to Zion from both congregation and non-congregation members. The committee is to provide banking and bookkeeping services for these funds.
• The Mission Endowment Fund Board is responsible for the management, solicitation, preservation, and oversight of moneys, securities, and assets gifted, bequeathed, or otherwise transferred to the Zion Mission Endowment Fund. Endowment funds are normally understood as perpetual funds from which only the earnings are distributed
• The mission of Congregational Care (formerly Parish Wellness Ministry) is to encourage health, healing, and caring among the people of Zion Lutheran Church faith community through the Parish Nurse and Congregational Care Committee. The Parish Nurse works to share God’s love so that our people may receive: spiritual support as they face health problems and challenges, education and opportunities to pursue a wholistic lifestyle as God intended in creation, help in identifying community resources in their illness and life changes.
• The ministry of the Personnel Committee includes a number of important activities. The following is representative of its responsibilities: 1) To offer support, encouragement, and constructive criticism to staff members; 2) To conduct annual performance reviews of staff; 3) To create and update accurate job descriptions for each staff member; 4) To act as a confidential clearing house for grievances against or between staff members; and 5) To conduct interviews with potential employees and make recommendations to the Church Council.
• The Property Committee oversees property/grounds issues and maintains the property of Zion Lutheran Church
• The Stewardship Committee’s mission is to develop and implement programs that encourage the members of Zion Lutheran Church to give freely of their time, talents, and treasures.
• The Worship and Music Committee works to develop, maintain, and enrich the worship experience of the members and visitors of Zion.
• As our women’s auxiliary, the Women of Zion/Women of the ELCA is organized to offer opportunities for support, service, study, and fellowship.