“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord directs their actions.” Proverbs 16:9

In May 2019, the Transition Task Force completed their work. Their recommendations, which were approved by the Church Council, included

  • introduction of a new purpose and mission statement;
  • a new organizational chart with the creation of four ministry teams and four resource teams;
  • and a change in staff structure as we shift into a congregation-led model with oversight from the eight new teams (with staff participation and support).

The new organizational plan shows the interconnectedness we have with one another and the role we all play of Connecting, Caring, Sharing and Growing as a servant congregation.

  • Hospitality & Congregational Care Ministry Team

    Facilitator:  Robin Abraham

    Council Rep:  Kelly Turner

  • Serving & Discipleship Ministry Team

    Facilitator:  Sandra Stavnes

    Council Rep:  Gordie Sorensen

  • Worship & Celebration Ministry Team

    Facilitator:  Nick Mixdorf

    Council Rep:  Greg Nicoll

  • Faith Formation & Lifelong Learning Ministry Team

    Facilitator:  Rose Lorenz

    Council Rep:  Katy Clapham


    The Faith Formation & Lifelong Learning Ministry Team exists to help the Pastor, staff, and other Ministry Team members share God’s love and joy at St. John.  Members of this team will meet regularly to discuss ideas on congregational growth and care.  Also, the team will build programs and events to enhance and build connections within the St. John members including Sunday School, VBS, Confirmation, High School and adult ministries.  This team will work closely with the Pastor, staff members, especially the with the Children/Youth Director.  The goal is to use these talents and gifts to allow St. John members to continue to grow in their faith and grow lasting relationships.   Additional focus will be on adult engagement opportunities, small group relationships and Bible study opportunities.


    Accountabilities/Functions:

    The Faith Formation & Lifelong Learning Ministry Team works to provide a consistent support system for the spiritual well-being of our members and will: 

    • Work with the Pastor and staff to build new outreach and growth opportunities.
    • Recruit, train, and schedule team members to aid in growing our faith lives.
    • Collaborate on new ways to care for and connect members of St. John.
    • Create, document, and revise as needed any changes to processes and procedures.
    • Present ideas and recommendations to the Joint Council, staff and Pastor.
    • Serve as a resource for the Call Committee.
  • Human Resource Team

    Facilitator:  Beth Sulentic

    Council Rep: Jim Dally


    The Human Resource Team exists to “equip the saints for the work of ministry” (Ephesians 4:12) by overseeing the development and stewardship of the human resources of St. John. The Human Resource Team “equips the saints” in collaboration with the staff, Joint Council and especially with the Pastor.  In order to accomplish this, the Human Resource Team provides big-picture oversight of personnel matters as well as develops policies and practices to ensure healthy working relationships.  St. John is committed to fostering a caring, safe and fulfilling working environment, one that promotes individual growth.


    Accountabilities/Functions:

    The Human Resource Team leads all Human Resource activities in accordance with established policies and specifically will:

    • Develop and annually review personnel policies & procedures, position descriptions, programs and controls regarding employment.
    • Create a culture in which continuing education is valued and supported.
    • Design and oversee the implementation of a grievance process.
    • Design and oversee the implementation of annual performance reviews.
    • Regularly assess the staffing needs of the congregation, focusing on both paid & service staff.
    • Partner with the supervisory staff and other appropriate Ministry/Resource Teams in the search and hiring processes.
    • Be a resource for the Call Committee.
    • Regularly review salary and compensation in light of both job requirements and local market-place realities.
    • In collaboration with the various staffing teams/leadership, review personnel cost information and share with the Financial Resource Team for the administration of the annual budget process.
    • Present staffing and scheduling recommendations to the Joint Council and Pastor.
    • Serve as a resource for the Call Committee.
  • Financial Resource Team

    Facilitator:

    Council Rep: Todd Parsons


    Summary:

    The Financial Resource Team exists to review, audit, and offer support and guidance regarding the financial health of St. John. The Financial Resource Team will work with specific staff members, Joint Council and the Pastor.  The team will assist with coordinating “counters” to help with weekly offerings.  The team will assist with coordinating “auditors” to assist with an annual review of budgets and monthly ledger items.  To accomplish this, the Financial Resource Team provides big-picture oversight of financial matters as well as develops policies and practices to ensure controls and processes are developed.   This team will work closely with the other Resource teams.


    Accountabilities/Functions:

    The Financial Resources Team assists with all monthly revenue and expense activities in accordance with established policies and specifically will:

    • Develop, support, and annually review budget and general ledger items audit processes and procedures.
    • Recruit, train, and schedule team members to participate on the Financial Resource Team. 
    • Design and oversee the implementation of financial proposal processes.
    • Present financial recommendations to the Joint Council.
    • Work with the other Resource and Ministry teams for the continued improvement of St. John.
    • Be a resource for the Call Committee.
  • Property Resource Team

    Facilitator: Larry Prohaska & Samantha Tetmeyer

    Council Rep: Curt Thoreson

  • Technology & Communication Resource Team

    Facilitator: Adam Puls

    Council Rep: PJ Mills