Pastor Harvey’s Monthly Message
In writing this first newsletter article to all you members of St. Paul’s Lutheran, I decided to continue the tradition I have maintained in each congregation I’ve served. In the past, I have found it useful and edifying to recall exactly what our model Congregation Constitution teaches us about the relationship and responsibilities of pastor and congregation.
Under the part of the Constitution describing the duties and responsibilities of the pastor is this:
C9.03. Consistent with the faith and practice of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America,
a. Every minister of Word and Sacrament shall:
1) preach the Word;
2) administer the sacraments;
3) conduct public worship;
4) provide pastoral care;
5) seek out and encourage qualified persons to prepare for the ministry of the Gospel;
6) impart knowledge of this church and its wider ministry through distribution of its
communications and publications;
7) witness to the Kingdom of God in the community, in the nation, and abroad; and
8) speak publicly to the world in solidarity with the poor and oppressed, calling for
justice and proclaiming God’s love for the world.
b. Each pastor with a congregational call shall, within the congregation:
1) offer instruction, confirm, marry, visit the sick and distressed, and bury the dead;
2) relate to all schools and organizations of this congregation;
3) install regularly elected members of the Congregation Council;
4) with the council, administer discipline; and
5) endeavor to increase the support given by the congregation to the work of the ELCA
churchwide organization and of the Rocky Mountain Synod of the ELCA.
As you can see, under the Constitution, Evangelical Lutheran Pastors are called to serve a particular congregation, the community or parish as well as the whole Evangelical Lutheran Church. Next, we will look at the responsibilities of the congregation and council.
In the meantime, I want to thank you for your welcome and I ask that you pray for me as I try to get to know you and serve you better.
God bless you all.
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