Pastoral Council

Our Constitution and By-Laws (PDF)

Council

The Council shall consist of no more than twelve voting members and no fewer than eight.  Membership shall be in three types:  Ex officio, elected, and appointed.

Ex officio members of the Council shall include the Pastoral Life Director, assigned clergy, staff, and any other person(s) involved in the direct pastoral care of parishioners.  Ex officio members shall have full voice in council discussions but shall not participate in decision making by consensus process.

Elected members of the Council are members of the parish at large and shall be elected to serve on the Council.  They shall, if possible, also include one representative for each of the five standing Ministry Boards.  They will serve on the Council for a three-year term of office.  Elected members shall have full voice in council sessions and full participation in decision making by consensus process.

The Pastoral Life Director shall name no more than two laypersons to the Council for a three-year term of office.  Such appointments shall endeavor to maintain a proper balance among sexes, ethnic groups, age groups, and areas of knowledge and competence desired on the Council.  Appointed members shall have full voice in council sessions and full participation in decision making by consensus process.

All members shall serve until their successors are duly appointed or elected and qualified.  No member shall be eligible to serve more then two consecutive full terms.  However, they can be elected or appointed again after at least one year off the Council.

If a member is unable to attend a regularly scheduled council meeting, he shall call an executive committee member as soon as possible.  A member will be allowed three of these excused absences per council year.