HCC Lay Leadership and Organization
Bylaws & Annual Reports
Like many other organizations, Hope Central Church has two key organizational documents — Bylaws that guide its operation and Annual Reports that reflect its progress as an institution.
The Leadership Circle is an elected group entrusted by the congregation to carry out the vision of Hope Central Church. Nine members serve on rotating three-year terms. Three new members are elected each November to begin in January.
Yoshi Alexander, Co-Moderator
Aimee van Wagenen
Elwyn Burcholtz, Co-Moderator
Leadership Circle Roles & Responsibilities
The Leadership Circle is an elected group entrusted by the Congregation to carry out the vision of Hope Central Church. The Leadership Circle advises the pastor(s) on the general direction of Hope Central Church’s activities, and collaborates with the Pastor in the formulation of a well-rounded community life. The Leadership Circle may act for the members of Hope Central Church in minor matters, always mindful that unless such action is taken with consensus, it must have the confirmation of the Covenant Partners of Hope Central Church. We hold to the core mission and vision of Hope Central Church as shared in the welcoming statement read every time we gather for worship. This remains constant. Yet, as we seek to be faithful to God, we acknowledge that there are ways we may need to change. Thus, the Hope Central Church bylaws and other documents detailing our common life are to be considered ‘living documents,’ open to revision and change. As we ourselves are works in progress, so to are the structures of our common life together. The Leadership Circle will approve any new program initiatives. The Covenant Partners of Hope Central Church shall ratify policy changes, bylaw revisions or major items.
Pray for the life and work of Hope Central Church.
Uphold Hope Central Church’s vision and mission in all settings of our community.
Lead by example, sharing time, talent, and treasure.
Oversee the financial and administrative health of the Church.
Encourage faithful and honest communication between all parts of the Church.
Support and empower our pastor(s) to lead the congregation effectively and to help them manage church staff according to best fiscal and human resources practices.
Help build a church where everyone is empowered to serve and encouraged to fulfill their call as Christians, promoting peace and justice in the world.
Build and foster the formation of various ministries in our community.
Tend to and deepen Hope Central Church’s relationship with our denominations: the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ.
Unify the Ministries of Hope Central Church.
Change course as necessary to reflect the growing and dynamic nature of Hope Central Church.
The Nominating/Connections Team is charged with identifying the gifts of Covenant Partners and inviting them to serve in various ways on the standing committees of the church. Nominations take place each January, and the Nominating/Connections Team’s recommendations are voted upon by the congregation at its Annual Meeting.
Elwyn Bucholtz, Co-Moderator