In keeping with the traditions of the Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ) the ultimate authority of the local church shall rest with the congregation. All boards, organizations, fellowship groups and departments shall be responsible to and shall report to the general board, and through the general board to the congregation. The general board shall be responsible to the congregation and shall report to it each year at the annual meeting.

The general board is charged by the congregation with the duty of conducting the business affairs and planning and executing of the program of the church. The board will function by such general policies as have been adopted by the congregation and thereby set forth in the constitution and bylaws. The actions of the general board are at all times subject to review by the congregation.

Many of the over-all responsibilities of the general board will be carried primarily by the various functional departments, but these departments are always answerable to the general board. The more specific functions of the general board are:

  • To establish the personnel of the functional departments and standing committees through which the work of the church is primarily carried forward.
  • To regularly receive, consider, and act on reports from the various functional departments and standing committees, approving, disapproving, or modifying the recommendations contained therein.
  • To consider and establish policy in harmony with the general congregational policy.
  • To approve an annual budget, upon recommendation of the department of stewardship, and refer the budget to the congregation for consideration.
  • To recommend to the congregation, upon recommendation of the pulpit committee, the calling of the minister and other professional staff members.

As previously stated, the general board should look to various functional departments to bring to it written proposals concerning program and to these same departments to carry out program after it has been approved by the board. This means the general board will confine its concern to broad matters of policy and administration, assigning details to departments who will execute them under supervision of the board.

It shall be the purpose of this committee to develop an effective program of religious education for the entire constituency of the church in keeping with the general objectives of Christian education.

It shall be responsible for planning and administering the total educational program of the church, including church school, youth activities, leadership education, distribution of Christian literature, and fostering Christian home life.  It shall also cooperate with other groups of the church such as the Outreach committee in planning any program of Outreach education.  

It shall be the purpose of this committee to create and foster a vision of service within the church and community.

It shall be responsible for planning and promoting a definite program of missionary education in every department in the church; recommending the church's annual missionary and benevolent budget; enlisting support for missions and brotherhood causes; caring for local and general benevolent needs; promoting retreats and conventions; recruiting life work recruits, and handling the scholarship fund and selection of recipient.

It shall be the purpose of this committee to cultivate an evangelistic spirit within the church and to plan and administer the evangelistic program.

It shall be responsible for developing an evangelistic church, sponsoring a year round program of evangelism which reaches into every age level and every phase of the church life, compiling a list of prospective members and planning and directing special evangelistic projects.  It shall aid in helping new members feel at home in the church and help re-activate the indifferent.  

This committee shall act as agents of the church in all business matters, under the direction of the general board and subject to approval of the church; hold legal title to all church property and handle all business transactions related thereto; have supervision over all endowment and trust funds; and perform such duties as are required by the laws of the State of Illinois, keep all property and equipment in proper working condition, study needs and make recommendations for improvements, supervise the work of the custodian, care for grounds and keep properties properly insured against possible loss or damage.  

This committee shall act as agents of the church in all business matters, under the direction of the general board and subject to approval of the church; hold legal title to all church property and handle all business transactions related thereto; have supervision over all endowment and trust funds; and perform such duties as are required by the laws of the State of Illinois, keep all property and equipment in proper working condition, study needs and make recommendations for improvements, supervise the work of the custodian, care for grounds and keep properties properly insured against possible loss or damage.  

It shall be the purpose of this committee to promote the expression of Christian faith in daily living by utilizing the Time, Talents and Treasures of this Church.

The functions of this committee shall be to campaign for and encourage consistent giving toward short-term and long-term commitments of the Church and assist with overseeing a stewardship education program.  The committee shall also review, critique, combine and submit proposed budgets of each functional committee to the General Board.

It shall be the purpose of this committee to lead the membership in a genuine experience of worship in the public services and to enrich personal and family devotional life.

It shall be responsible for the public worship of the church, pulpit supply, the administration of baptism and the Lord's Supper, music, ushering, any special worship services, and the encouragement of the devotional life among individual members and homes of the church.