Blessings to all,
The Governance Implementation Team (GIT) is now at the point where we are vigorously working on revisions of the two major governance documents of our congregation: the Constitution and the Bylaws. Steve Kikta has been doing work on these items since we started looking at the governance issue in 2013. Now things are really starting to rev up as the GIT and the Council Task Force are in the process of preparing new language for these documents that will be presented to the Synod for its approval in January 2017, and to the congregation for approval in early spring 2017.
The existing ALLC Constitution and the draft of the revised Constitution contain language required by the ELCA for all congregations. However, there are several constitutional articles regarding the governance structure and process that can be handled more flexibly by moving details to the Bylaws, and that is the direction the planning groups are using in this revision process.
Look for a full report from the GIT in the Congregational Reports at the November congregational meeting. In the meantime, feel free to contact any members of the GIT, or post a comment or question on the blog.
Yours in Christ,