Questions about the following elder nominations are welcomed with Lead Pastor Brian Hofmeister by June 10th.
Barry and his wife Lisa have been attending Lakepoint since early in 2014 and have been a leading part of the Greeting Team since later that year. They have been married for almost 43 years, have 3 children, and 2 grandchildren. His favorite thing about Lakepoint is the friendliness of all the people!
In their spare time, Barry and Lisa love the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with children and grandchildren. In his professional life, he works as a production supervisor for a manufacturing plant in New Berlin, and can see retirement in the near future.
Eldership Overview at Lakepoint
The bylaws of Lakepoint Church, as filed with the State of Wisconsin state that the current board elects future elders based on Biblical qualifications found in Titus 1 and 1 Timothy 3.
The elder board will have a minimum of three people, and include the Lead Pastor. All elders besides the lead pastor serve a three-year term. An elder may be renewed for a second consecutive term if all others agree. A one-year break is customary after the first term, and required after the second.
- Protect and Stabilize the Local Church:
- Elders approve policies for the church.
- Elders resolve conflicts.
- Elders approve the annual budget, advise major fiscal decisions, and approve the hire of ministry staff.
- Elders hold the lead pastor accountable for managing the staff according to the mission, vision and policies.
- Elders preserve, teach, and propagate sound doctrine.
- Provide Care: includes, but is not limited to: caring for emotional, spiritual and physical needs of people, caring for relational needs of people, as well as administering church discipline when deemed necessary.
- Prayer: lead through faith and prayer.
Elders exist for stability. Staff exist for change. Day-to-day operations are managed by the staff under the direction of the lead pastor and are not the concern of our elders.
Summary of Selection Process Per the Bylaws
Phase I – Identification and Nomination. The current elder board identifies and nominates new elder candidates.
Phase II – Personal Confirmation. Elders will contact each nominee in private to discern a personal sense of call to the position.
Phase III – Pastoral Confirmation. If the prospective elder feels led to continue the process, an interview with the elders will be held to explore the prospect’s gifts, passions, experience, and qualifications.
Phase IV – Probation & Church Confirmation. The elder nominee participates as a non-voting member of the board for 120 days. After 90 days, the congregation will be notified of the nominated elder, and be given 30 days to raise concerns about this candidate. At the expiration of the 120 day probationary period, the current elder board will vote to formally name the new elder.