Committees of synod council and Task forces of the bishop’s office serve in a wide variety of ways to do the work of our church.
Synod Council Committees
Synod Council Committees assist the Synod Council with governance and are responsible to Synod Council.
Standing Committees are mandated by Synod Bylaws. The Synod has four Standing Committees. (Synod Bylaws, Part X).
Western Synods Examining Committee
- the usual body to examine candidates for ordained and diaconal ministry. The Western Synods Examining Committee serves the Synods of British Columbia, Alberta and the Territories, Saskatchewan and Manitoba/Northwestern Ontario.
- (A Synod Examining Committee meets to examine candidates when the Western Synods Examining Committee is not meeting.)
Committee for Theological Education and Leadership (CTEL)
- reviews applications and endorses incoming candidates for ordained and diaconal ministry.
- The committee also reviews applications to the ministries of the synod by persons seeking re-admission to the rosters of the synod.
- CTEL also provides mentorship for candidates throughout their candidacy process.
Mission in Ministry Committee
- provides direction and leadership for mission initiatives in the synod.
- initiates and maintains linkages with mission partners in Canada, supports new and continuing mission initiatives in congregations and specialized ministries, and allocates and requests disbursement of national CECF funds.
Committee for Lutheran Campus Ministry – Saskatoon
- creates and nurtures a Christian community focused primarily within the University of Saskatchewan campus.
- The committee also manages the Lutheran Campus Centre properties in Saskatoon.
Other Committees of Synod Council
- composed of the synod officers: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Bishop.
- assists the Synod Council in the execution of their responsibilities and is available to provide counsel to the Bishop.
Finance and Audit Committee
- This committee supports the Synod Council in all financial matters.
- reviews and recommends to Synod Council amendments to the Synod Constitution and Bylaws, the Governance Manual and Synod policies.
Rostered Ministers Compensation Review Committee
- annually recommends to Synod Council compensation guidelines to be used by congregations and agencies within the Synod to remunerate rostered ministers.
Congregational Constitution Review Committee
- receives requests from congregations to review their congregational constitution, consults with congregations regarding any changes the congregation wishes to make, and recommends to Synod Council approval of amendments to congregational constitutions.
Convention Planning Task Force
- develops a format for the Synod Council report to the convention, recommends to Synod Council the schedule of convention including length, dates, locations and facilities.
Funding Allocation Committee
- recommends criteria to Synod Council for the allocation of designated funds to approved applicants.
- promotes awareness throughout the synod of designated synod accounts available for project funding.
- receives, reviews and recommends applications to Synod Council for project funding according to the criteria approved. The funds that the Committee oversees includes: Compassionate Justice Funds, Circle of Life Aboriginal Ministry Funds, Rural Internship Funds, and the Youth Ministry Fund.
Future With Hope
- advises the Synod Council regarding national and synod convention initiatives to move to triennial conventions, establish synodically recognized ministries and realign congregations into ministry areas.
- will apply the Dream Team findings to the following specific tasks:
- Changes to the number, boundaries, structure and mandate of conferences
- Changes to the nominating process for synod council
- A nominating process for delegates to the proposed new national convention structure
- Policies for synodically recognized ministries and specialized ministries.
Task Forces of the Bishop’s Office
Task forces are appointed as needed and are responsible to the Bishop’s office to assist the synod office in on the ground management tasks.
Investment Management Committee
- oversees and directs the investment funds owned or held in trust by Saskatchewan Synod, as authorized by the Constitution and Bylaws.
- regularly reviews the Investment Policy Guidelines.
- reports regularly through the Bishop and Treasurer to the Finance and Audit committee of Synod Council.