Church Council & Leadership Teams

What are Leadership Teams?

We actively encourage our lay members to be involved in the governance of the church. For some areas, specific expertise and/or related experience is needed. In other areas, a passion for the ministry is desired. See brief descriptions below. If you would like to talk with someone on a particular team, email Jennifer Davidson.


If you are interested in joining any of these groups, please complete an application and email it to

What to Expect

Council and leadership teams generally meet once per month at Shepherd of the Valley, and the commitment is generally a three year term. Most terms start with our fiscal year (August 1), but there are sporadic opportunities throughout the year. Council members are elected each year during the annual meeting (early June), and leadership team members are approved as needed at monthly council meetings.

Church Council: Dedicated members are elected to be a part of the chief governing body of the congregation. They have responsibility for the financial life and strategic direction of the church, as well as participate on a Leadership Team. More about Church Council (members, minutes, and reports).

Benevolence Leadership Team: Collaborates with leadership to designate the giving of financial resources to our ministry partners locally, nationally, and around the world. View the Benevolence webpage.

Endowment Leadership Team: Administers assets received into the Endowment Fund through bequests, estates, insurance; makes grants of funds with the purpose of serving the mission of SOTV; and educates church members about the opportunity to create their legacy through the Endowment Fund. View the Endowment Fund webpage.

Engagement/Stewardship Leadership Team: This team is responsible for developing holistic discipleship plans, including understanding ways the congregation engages, thematic development, marketing and communications, and assistance with related events. View the Stewardship webpage.

Equity Leadership Team: This team will guide and support Shepherd of the Valley’s focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion in existing ministries, connection with surrounding communities, and general welcome and engagement.

Finance Leadership Team:  Responsible for reviewing and evaluating finances monthly and provides reports to the Church Council. 

Human Resources Leadership Team: This is a team of HR and management leaders who provide collaboration on employee benefits and compensation guidance. In addition, this team serves as an advisory board on policies, employee relations, and matters under employment law.

Nominations Leadership Team: Processes Leadership Team applications to present to council for approval.

Properties Leadership Team: Coordinates and oversees issues tied to improvement, enhancement, on-going maintenance, and repair of the church’s property.

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Centered in the love of God in Jesus and gathered as siblings in Christ, inclusive of age, ethnicity, race, ability, faith background, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation, we invite, welcome, and affirm all who come here, as they are. We reflect God’s love for all of God’s children by building a community that feels like home – where all are accepted, known, treated with respect and dignity, and also challenged to grow. This growth includes working toward equity of all kinds including gender and racial equity. We nurture faith, equipping individuals and the church body to be sent out into the world to meet needs, change lives, and restore hope in our homes, congregation, and communities.

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