Governing Documents

The Governance Board develops, monitors, and enforces policies to address church issues. Policies are structured to address two broad areas described as ends and means. The Board obtains authority from, and is accountable to, the congregation.

A Note on Policy Changes:

  • In accordance with GP Policy 2.6, changes are communicated to the congregation and posted for an interim period of 60 days for voting membership to review.
  • Once a policy is posted for 60 days without objection, it becomes permanent.
  • Highlighted portions indicates changes (green-addition; yellow-change); strike-through indicates removal of text.
DocumentDate ApprovedComments
Documents for Nov 12, 2017 meetingItems that will be discussed and brought for a vote on November 12, 2017.
Documents for Nov 13, 2016 Meeting November 13, 2016Items that will be discussed and brought for a vote on November 13, 2016.
Policy Manual (Updated 4.26.16)July 1, 2016 (posted)
(Sept 29, 2016)
Changes to the Policy Manual reviewed and approved at the April 26, 2016 meeting of the Governance Board and posted July 1, 2016. Minor changes are in sections 4.11.5 and 4.3.15. If no objection by the voting membership, these changes will become permanent on Sept 29, 2016.
2016 BudgetNovember 8, 2015 by the Voter's Assembly2016 Budget
Policy ManualSeptember 25, 2011
Updates Approved: November 9, 2014
Policy Manual
Updated, reviewed, and approved by the Congregation on November 9, 2014
ConstitutionApril 24, 2014Approved by the voters of Bethlehem and by the LCMS Missouri District Constitution Committee.
ByLawsApril 24, 2014Approved by the voters of Bethlehem and by the LCMS Missouri District Constitution Committee.

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Governance Board Members

The nine members that comprise our Governance Board are elected on a rotation basis, with 1/3 of its members elected each year. (Ref Policy GP#8)
Current members and their terms:

MemberTerm Expires
Dan Bickel, Chairman2017
James Neugebuaer2017
Rick Wiehe2017
Mark Eichmann, Secretary2018
Steve Gfeller, Treasurer2018
Mike Scholtes, Vice-Chairman2018
Rob Cantrell2019
Ronnie Thompson2019
Rob Weida2019


The Treasurer position has specific responsibilities in support of the Executive Officer(s) and the Governance Board. This is due to the unique application of Bethlehem’s policy based governance, necessitated by having the Pastor(s) and Executive Officer(s) share dual responsibilities.

In 2015, and as Bethlehem matures in its application of policy based governance, the role of the Treasurer was assumed by a Governance Board member.

As required, the Treasurer will make recommendations to the Governance Board on fiscal matters that have policy implications. The Governance Board discusses these recommendations and will vote on fiscal matters requiring a policy decision.

The current Treasurer: Steve Gfeller

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Worship Times

8:00 and 10:45 am

8:00 am on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays
10:45 am on the 2nd, 4th, and 5th Sundays

Sunday School & Adult Bible Classes
9:30 am

Advent Services
Dec 6, 13, 20
4:00 pm
7:00 pm

Christmas Eve
Regular Sunday morning services
4:00 pm
7:00 pm
11:00 pm*

Christmas Day
9:00 am*

New Year’s Eve
Regular Sunday morning services
7:00 pm*

*Communion Services

Bethlehem Lutheran Church

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