It serves as God’s people in the world, nurturing its members and reaching out in witness and service to the world.
Each member congregation of this association shall adopt governing documents and govern itself in such a way as to involve its members in fulfilling the definition, purpose and functions of the congregation.
The board of trustees shall have the authority to establish interim ministry standards until the first national convention of this association. The Ministry Board of this association shall: 2.06.
Certification in LCMC represents that an individual has demonstrated ministry training credentials according to the Ministry Standards of LCMC, signed the Certification Form, including acceptance of the LCMC Statement of Faith, received approval in a Certification interview; and received affirmation by the LCMC Ministry Board. Certification is not designed as a predictor of safety or suitability for any particular context.
If warranted, the pastor serving a Contract Call will be removed from LCMC’s list of pastors in good standing. A congregation has the right to retain a pastor, either under call or employment, after the pastor has been decertified or been removed from the list of pastors in good standing.
However, if a member congregation retains the services of such a pastor, the Board of Trustees may determine that this is sufficient cause to initiate a process of suspension and removal of the congregation under LCMC Constitution 4.03. The purpose of this association is to support our common mission to bear witness to the good news that sinners are put right with God by faith alone in Jesus Christ, to resist any corruption of this gospel, and to serve and support fellow congregations who seek to do likewise.
A congregation is a community of baptized persons gathered around Word and Sacrament.
The authority of the office itself is rooted in the Word its holders are called to proclaim.
The congregation and the pastor both stand under this authority.
We recognize, as we must, that as the context for our mission changes these declarations may need revision or augmentation. Congregations, in their sole discretion, may join together in districts and shall adopt governing documents, budgets and other procedures that will allow districts to support the mission of the members of this association.
Districts need not be organized along traditional geographic boundaries and may be united by, and organized for the support of, member congregations of this association using such criteria as district member congregations may choose from time to time to adopt.