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The Administration of the Congregation

Like all Lutheran congregations, Emanuel is governed by a Council of members who oversee and direct the congregation’s operation. In the case of Emanuel, the Council consists of twelve members and the pastor. The Council president is elected by the Council at Emanuel is a lay person. The pastor functions as a kind of Chief Executive Officer of the Council, in addition to providing spiritual leadership in the congregation. The work of the congregation is overseen by the Church Council and carried out by several committees of the church, which are led and staffed by lay people. Emanuel is a participatory democracy in which all members contribute for the common good.