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.
|Documents for Nov 12, 2017 meeting||Items that will be discussed and brought for a vote on November 12, 2017.|
|Documents for Nov 13, 2016 Meeting||November 13, 2016||Items 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 Budget||November 8, 2015 by the Voter's Assembly||2016 Budget|
|Policy Manual||September 25, 2011|
Updates Approved: November 9, 2014
Updated, reviewed, and approved by the Congregation on November 9, 2014
|Constitution||April 24, 2014||Approved by the voters of Bethlehem and by the LCMS Missouri District Constitution Committee.|
|ByLaws||April 24, 2014||Approved by the voters of Bethlehem and by the LCMS Missouri District Constitution Committee.|
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:
|Steve Gfeller, Treasurer||2018|
|Mike Scholtes, Vice-Chairman||2018|
|Tiffany Barnes, Secretary||2020|
|Dan Bickel, Chairman||2020|
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