by Pastor David Hansen, LEAD’s Director of Communication and Innovation
“Joy” is not the first word that comes to mind when most people think of church constitutions and governing documents.
We tend to think of them as necessary evils or irrelevant artifacts of another age, or we just don’t think about them at all.
But the reality is that our governing documents shape ministry. The shape of our constitution, bylaws, and policies has an impact on every committee, ministry, and outreach of our church.
This month’s Toolbox invites us to consider what would happen if our governing documents began to match our purpose and core convictions.
Imagine: What if the governance of your church was a joy, instead of a chore?
How would that impact the rest of your ministry?
Additional resources that may be helpful to you as you review your constitution and bylaws include:
- Governance and Ministry: Rethinking Board Leadership, by Dan Hotchkiss
- Wake Up Guide, by Peggy Hahn
- Dig Down Guide, by Peggy Hahn
- ELCA Model Constitution for Congregations