Ascension relies upon and is grateful for members who contribute their time and talent in the considerable tasks of managing the church, school and early childhood center. Here are some of the key leadership groups:
Ascension Lutheran School Board (meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month): The school board, with guidance from the pastors and the principal, has the responsibility of overseeing the operation of Ascension Lutheran School for the congregation.
Ascension Lutheran School serves as a mission branch of Ascension Lutheran Church. Board members are elected by the congregation.
Ascension Lutheran Foundation (meets quarterly or as needed): The Foundation is established under the church constitution and bylaws for the purpose of managing a perpetual endowment fund. It is designed to provide special, ongoing financial support for congregational, community and other needs of Ascension, separate from the normal operating budget of the church. Foundation members are elected by the congregation.
Church Council (meets at 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month in the Bethlehem Room): Elected by the congregation, the Church Council is the governing body of the congregation and is responsible for helping to discern and facilitate Ascension’s short and long range goals. The Council’s authority is dictated by the congregation in accordance with the church constitution. Church Council members also help to plan congregational and annual meetings and the annual Church Council/Leadership Retreat. The Council also works closely with the Ascension Foundation and Ascension’s school.
Finance Committee (meets the second Monday of the month or as needed): The Finance Committee is responsible for: preparing the annual church budget and submitting it along with recommendations to the Council prior to the congregational meetings; working closely with the Community Concerns ministry and Global Ministries Team in preparation of the annual benevolence budget; and reviewing monthly expenditures versus budgeted amounts. It also analyzes church-related financial issues and makes recommendations to the Council; works with the treasurer, finance director and administrator on financial matters; and supports and helps integrate stewardship activities with financial objectives of the church.
Joy of Giving/Stewardship (meets as needed): The group is responsible for administering, under the guidance of Pastor Steve Herder and the Church Council, the annual stewardship drive, as well as teaching throughout the year the joy of giving and Biblical principles of stewardship.
More detailed information about committees and leadership may be found in the Leaders in Ministry booklet below.
Church Council reports and other congregational documents may be found in Member Docs.