The Board of Stewardship shall consist of eight (8) members, including the elected Director of the Board.
The basic objective of this Board Are to initiate programs for the development of good stewardship attitudes in the members of the congregation in regard to time, talents, and treasures. To provide for the training and utilization of members of the congregation for the work of Christ's Kingdom and to ensure the financial stability of the congregation and its work through a developed program of dedicated, proportionate, first-fruits giving.
That the objectives of this Board may be carried out, the Board, either corporately or through specifically designated individuals, shall:
Study the Scriptural principles regarding the total stewardship calling of the Christian - as a member of his family, as a neighbor and citizen, and as a congregation member - and share these insights with the congregation members.
Contact and encourage new members for service to the congregation and endeavor to stir up the talents of present members for us and Christ's work.
Maintain a program to discover and enlist for Kingdom Service the talents God has given members, old and new, young people and adults.
Be responsible for maintenance of a congregational talent file at all times, and provide for the immediate recording of the talents and abilities of incoming members.
Provide opportunities for the development of talents (training courses, workshops, and the like).
Conduct an intensive program annually to confront every member personally with basic Biblical stewardship principles and practices.
Encourage the Gospel motivated practice of joyous, worshipful, liberal, proportionate, first-fruits giving in response to received blessings and recognized needs.
Annually give every member an opportunity to make a commitment of his treasure for Kingdom work through the congregation.
Initiate an annual preparation and presentation to the congregation of a God-pleasing work program, determine anticipated receipts and recommend a budget for adoption by the Voters’ Assembly.
Foster support for missions and charities through an ongoing program of mission information and education through education agencies, committees and organizations, rallies, festivals, film and film strips, letters and tracts, appearances of missionaries, and the like.
Administer the congregation’s Welfare Fund in conjunction with the recommendations of the Board of Elders.
Enlist a Contact Committee in conjunction with the Pastor(s) and the Board of Elders.
Annually prepare and submit as part of the budget of this Board a selected list of charities for the congregation and support the source of revenue designated for that purpose.
Evaluate unplanned special needs, and make recommendations for assistance by individuals or the congregation as a whole.
Screen all outside appeals for funds and make appropriate recommendations to the Voters’ Assembly or initiate the necessary action appropriate to such an appeal.
Review, accept, or decline all offers of non-solicited gifts to the congregation.
Evaluate various programs for endowments, remembrance of the congregation and wills, requests, and the like. Suggest ways of implementation to the Director of Public Relations as well as supplying workers at his/her request.
Study and maintain a list of available social agencies for help with alcoholics, drug problems, delinquents, mentally handicapped, emotionally disturbed individuals, unwed mothers, and the like - either of Lutheran, private or public nature.
Together with the Pastor(s), study the possibilities and recommend to the Board of Elders, implementation of offering spiritual services and care to hospitals, homes for the aged, prisons, and other institutions within the community.
Encourage and enlist the young people of the congregation for full-time service in the church as pastors, teachers, and the light.
Be concerned together with the Treasurer and Financial Secretary, for safe deposit and recording of all funds, monthly remission of offerings for missions and church agencies, and prompt payment of salaries and bills as authorized by the congregation and appropriate Boards.
Evaluate the offerings of the congregation regularly, and share these evaluations with the members of the congregation.
Enlist, maintain, and administer a secretarial pool of qualified persons will be available to Boards and committees for special secretarial assignments.
Encourage stewardship programs in the societies and auxiliaries of the congregation.
Annually review the budgeting procedures of the congregation in conjunction with the Treasurer and Financial Secretary and recommend to the congregation any improvements or revisions.
The Director of Stewardship shall appoint a Financial Secretary from among those men elected to the Board. The Financial Secretary shall:
Be responsible for the accurate accounting, recording, and depositing of all receipts for the congregation in a local financial institution or institutions and to that and shall enlist a staff of recording secretaries and a finance committee. The recording secretaries shall record all contributions by members for whatever purpose and shall notify the board of stewardship and the Pastor(s) concerning contributions by non-members. The finance committee shall be responsible, under the direction of the Financial Secretary, for the prompt counting of Sunday and other receipts.
Be responsible for issuance of regular quarterly statements to members, showing their offerings to date.
Furnish the treasurer with a duplicate bank deposit slip for all deposits and a record of receipts.
Be responsible for expediting and safe deposit and keeping of all funds.
Be responsible for requisitioning and distribution of offering envelopes.
Furnish the congregation surety bond in the amount set by the congregation, unless covered by the church insurance policy.