In an effort to improve our transparency and communication as your Council, we are sharing a recap of last week’s Council meeting. The minutes will be available after they are approved, but here are some highlights in the meantime.
This month we welcomed a guest, Bishop Wayne Miller, who led us in prayer as we assembled in God’s name.
Bishop Miller led us in a discussion regarding our former Music Director and the healing process going forward. He supported and encouraged us in the steps taken so far and reinforced the importance of continued transparency. We talked about revisiting our current policies regarding personnel, building use, child safety and exploring more effective methods of communication and reinforcement of those policies. He also gave us ideas for appropriate ways of caring for and supporting our congregation as needed.
Next, Bishop Miller shared his tips for forming a Call Team and discussed the first steps for the Call Team and Council once that has taken place. We began discussion about how to select a team from those who have expressed interest or have been nominated, by looking at criteria such as age, length of time at LMC, family status, etc.
We also worked out the team liaison assignments for 2016. The new lineup is as follows:
- Adult Education – Justin Shimko
- Call Team – Diane Betten
- Communications – Jeff Conway
- Hospitality – Dave Byerly
- HR – Angie Cooper
- Investment – Ben Dieterich
- Mutual Ministry – Christian Kern
- Property – Misti Peppler
- Social Justice – Jeff Conway
- Stewardship – Jay Kapp
- Technology – Justin Shimko
- WELCA – Diane Betten
Angie gave an update from the Director of Choirs interview team and made a recommendation for the position. We briefly discussed the candidate and process and voted to approve the recommendation. Angie will contact the candidate to extend an offer.
Then, we discussed our next position to be filled, the Jr./Sr. High Youth Director. After some edits to the job description we will be ready to advertise the position and form an interview team. We talked about who should be on the team, who has already agreed to serve and who else should be asked.
We divided into small teams to begin working on updating and reinforcing the Building Use Policy, Child Safety Policy and Personnel Policy going forward.
Pastor Martha Hall gave a brief report on how her first weeks at LMC are going and what she has been working on in the last month.
We concluded with a discussion regarding the progress and next steps of the Capital Build and Property Teams.
We closed in prayer and adjourned the meeting.
Hopefully this gives you a little glimpse into our process and keeps you informed as to what we are talking about right now. As always, let us know if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to work for you!