December 2017 Council Corner
Welcome again to Council Corner, where members of the FOG Church Council provide updates on what is going on at church. Our goal is to improve the transparency of what we are focused on and on decisions being made, and to be more visible to the congregation.
With the stewardship campaign in full swing and with the end of the year fast approaching, I thought it would be a good time to do a little recruiting for the council. First, let’s talk about what the council is and how it runs. FOG’s church council is made up of 12 volunteer members of the congregation. Each member is elected at the annual meeting in January and serves a 3-year term. At the end of that term, they have the option to renew for one additional term, so can serve up to 6 consecutive years. Members’ terms are staggered so generally every year there are three people leaving the council, opening up three spots for new members.
The council meets once a month for a couple hours as a full group, generally on the third Thursday of the month at 7pm. Agendas are prepared in advance and usually consist of devotions, staff updates, review of the finances, updates from the various committees, and whatever other current business needs to be covered. Most members are also tagged as a liaison to one of the various church committees (e.g. social ministry, education, etc.) The intent of this role is to be a conduit between that committee and the council, providing updates and sharing requests. The overall time commitment for the average council member is quite light. Each year the council also self-elects the Executive Committee, which consists of the roles of President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. These roles have additional responsibilities and play a critical role in the operation of the church.
As my sixth and final year on the council winds down, I look back and reflect on what a great experience it was. I made a lot of friends, learned a lot about how the church runs, and am proud of the accomplishments of the council during that timeframe. I guarantee that serving a term on the church council will help you to make new friends, give you rewarding experiences, and provide you a great opportunity to share your time and talents. If you interested in potentially joining the council or if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me or anyone else on the council.
Dean Heltemes – FOG Council Vice President