Organization of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church



The primary governing body of the church is the Congregation Council, elected annually by the membership.

The Congregation Council has general oversight of the life, activities and finances of this congregation.  It helps define the mission and goals of the church, does long-range planning, sets administrative policies, seeks to involve all members in worship, learning, witness, service, and support, and promotes a congregational climate of peace and goodwill.  Council also promotes a strong relationship of this congregation with the larger church and community, especially neighboring congregations, the Minneapolis Area Synod, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. (ELCA). A more detailed description may be found in the Constitution.

The Congregation Council consists of the pastor(s), officers, one person representing each of the tables (see below), and 3-5 persons representing the congregation at large.  The Executive Committee consists of the pastor and the Officers of the Council:  president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary.

“Tables” are three standing committees mandated by OSLC’s Constitution to manage important aspects of our life together. 

Worship and Arts Table

Oversees congregational ministries of worship, stewardship, music, arts, and the worship environment.  All aspects of worship are guided by this table, including:

  • Worship planning
  • Altar Guild
  • Lectors
  • Assisting Ministers
  • Stewardship
  • Hospitality (in cooperation with MCFF, below)

Ministry of Community and Faith Formation (MCFF) Table

Oversees learning, faith formation, spiritual development, community building and deepening relationships for all ages. Examples of some of these ministries include:

Outreach Table

Oversees the congregational ministries of social justice, compassion, empowerment, neighborhood and regional connections, global missions and evangelism. The Outreach Table also guides our financial support of external organizations, ranging from local, to national, to international. Outreach includes our relationships with organizations such as:

Other committees

Other committees elected by the membership of the congregation include the

The Church Council also has responsibility to appoint additional committees to undertake the business of the congregation.  At present, committees appointed by the Council include

  • Property Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Personnel Committee
  • Communications Committee