August 15, 2018






Join us Sunday:

Worship Service 9:30-11:15* AM

Youth Sunday School after service*

Adult Bible Study after service*

*Approximately 11:15 AM


Upcoming Events


Annual Block Party

Sunday, August 19 ~ Noon-3 p.m.
outside Cross Lutheran Church

Free food, information, entertainment and a chance to socialize with the church, neighbors, partners and more!


News & More

The Mural is Underway!

See how it's coming along >>

Bus Fundraiser!

Help raise money for a new bus! >>

Vacation Bible School

VBS may be over, but you can
watch the video!

Read our June Newsletter

Engaging in the missions of Cross, a tribute to The Rev. Dr. James H. Cone, getting out in to the garden, community updates and more! >>


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Mutual Ministry


1 - What is Mutual Ministry?
This information was taken directly from the workbook Mutual Ministry Committee; A Vision for Building Up the Body of Christ, which is a publication of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

Mutual Ministry is the “caring for those who are our servant-leaders.”  It is also “the equipping and supporting of all baptized members so that they can, in turn, carry the gospel into the world and into the church.” It developed from the idea of what Luther referred to as the “mutual conversation and consolation among Christians.”

Why another committee? Because God has entrusted the Gospel to earthen vessels, and vessels like you and me require some intentional care: some refilling, some renewing, some refreshment in the midst of busy times.

Our Purpose Affirming and strengthening the mission of the congregation and the ministry of the staff is the primary purpose of a Mutual Ministry Committee.

This is done not through programs but through:

  • Listening and clarifying
  • Sharing and communicating
  • Reviewing and reflecting

Many congregations have been working with some form of a Mutual Ministry Committee for two decades or more. Out of these years of experience, congregations have reported these benefits:

  1. Developed open communication about the expectations, attitudes, and concerns within the congregation, the community, and the staff;
  2. Were able to identify early warning signs of misunderstandings;
  3. Became a “Listening Post” for pastor and people;
  4. Served as a group where the pastor and staff could test new ideas;
  5. Were a “sounding board” in time of personal, professional stress;
  6. Planning continuing education that benefited both the mission of the congregation and the ministry of the staff;

In congregations with out an HR/Personnel committee, additional items may fall to Mutual Ministry that, for us, will be handled by HR.  These include Annual Review and affirmation of the staff, compensation, benefits, etc.

2 - How is the Mutual Ministry committee appointed?
From past experience, congregations have learned some important matters related to how a Mutual Ministry Committee might best function. First, it is clear that a Mutual Ministry Committee should not be the congregation council. Council members are elected in light of fitness for overall guidance of parish life rather than being selected for this special task. Second, the committee should be selected by president and pastor, not elected by the congregation, with the appointments ratified by the congregation council. Third, never should the group selected be simply an informal gathering of “friends of the staff.” All this means that a Mutual Ministry Committee should be intentionally selected as prescribed and held accountable to the congregation council.

The ELCA approved Model Constitution for Congregations suggests "A Mutual Ministry Committee shall be appointed jointly by the president and the pastor" (C13.04). In most cases this means that the president and the pastor/called leader suggest names to the congregation council who formally approve the committee each year. In this way, the committee becomes officially related to the council and reports in the same manner as do all other committees.

The committee should reflect the age, race, gender, and economic composition of the congregation and the community. Committee members should be persons who are committed to the vision of our whole church, the mission of the congregation, and the ministry of the staff.

Normally, the pastor/called leaders are full members of the committee. Also, it is important to have a designated liaison with council for regular reporting and channeling of recommendations.

3 - To whom is the Mutual Ministry Committee accountable?
Past experience has taught churches another lesson – a Mutual Ministry Committee must have a clear understanding about accountability and reporting.

To the Congregation Council
As a committee of the council, the Mutual Ministry Committee should report regularly to the congregation council. Unless so authorized in the congregation constitution or by specific council action, the committee does not set policy, etc. Instead, recommendations are developed and forwarded to the council, or other committees, for final approval. How and when our Mutual Ministry committee will interact and partner with the HR Committee is still being discussed.


To One Another
Committee members must remember that they are accountable to one another for maintaining discretion or confidentiality when personal information is shared during a meeting. This commitment and understanding regarding confidentiality is essential. From time to time certain information may be shared during a meeting that cannot be shared outside the group unless permission is clearly given by the one who has shared it. An important part of mutual ministry is how we handle sensitive information.