Built On The Rock Leader’s Pack

What makes a church healthy?

How can our lay leaders be equipped as spiritual lay leaders?

How can we re-structure our church to be a healthy congregation?

Where can we get sample:

  • Constitution & Bylaws?

  • Policy Manuals for Elders?

  • Policy Manuals for Church Council?

  • Policy Manuals for School Board?


25 years in the making, this new Church Leader resource includes all of the above and more! Nearly 400 pages of study material and sample documents.


Learn more about the different components. Click on each one for more detail.

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The entire contents of the Leader’s Pack binder are provided on a flash drive for you to print as many copies as you need for your congregation.


This includes all the sample documents for a three-board and a two-board model. This facilitates adapting the sample constitution and bylaws and policy manuals to your church.

Built on the Rock: The Healthy Congregation

 by Ted Kober

What makes a church healthy?

  • Family Systems Theory? 

  • What successful businesses use? 

  • Characteristics of healthy organizations?


Based on the Scriptures, two research projects, and 25 years experience working with conflicted churches, Kober posits what makes a church healthy is how well its people, especially her leaders, are grounded in God’s Word.


Jesus compared two men who built houses: one on the rock, the other on sand. When the storms came, only one house remained (Matthew 7:24-27).


Learn how you can strengthen the spiritual health of

your church. Build it on Christ, the Rock, the Living Word.

See what one church says about the Built on the Rock Leader's Pack

Pre-Course Study

Built on the Rock Leader’s Pack utilizes questions from the book for pre-course study to prepare your leaders for learning more.


Spiritual Leadership


Healthy churches depend on a spiritually healthy leadership.

The “Spiritual Leadership” section equips lay leaders in five areas:

1. Congregational Leadership from a Spiritual Perspective

  • Answers questions such as:

    • What do the Scriptures teach?

    • How would this apply in our Board’s Work?

2. Meaningful and Effective Board Meetings

  • How can we prepare for meaningful and effective board meetings?

  • What should board member reports include and not include?

  • How should confidential information be handled in our reports?


3. Caring for Our Pastors, Other Church Workers, and Their Families

  • What do the Scriptures teach?

  • How can lay leaders serve their called leaders and their families?

  • Who provides pastoral care for our pastors and their families?

  • How can I make a “pastoral call” on my pastor or principal and their families?

  • How can we provide accountability for our called workers?


4. Caring for Congregational Members

  • How can I make a call on any member?

  • What outline would I use for a 20-minute visit to a member?

  • How should our board members pray for people in our congregation or school?


5. Leading a Devotion

  • What should I include in a brief devotion during a member visit?

  • What resources are available to help me prepare?

Lay Leadership Retreat


While the Leader’s Pack includes the basic information, Ambassadors of Reconciliation can lead a lay leader’s retreat for all your lay leaders, engaging them in an interactive workshop.


All of the above material is covered. Interactive learning convinces lay leaders of the need to be in Bible study, equips leaders to care for called workers and make calls on members, and gives them practice in preparing and leading a devotion for a visit.


Learn more about Lay Leadership Training! 

Diverse group of men in a small group.

Structuring the Healthy Congregation


This section of the Leader’s Pack provides ideas for structuring the healthy church.

It begins by looking to Scripture for general guidance, then continues by reviewing two forms of governance used among Lutheran churches.


After considering the pros and cons of both structures, a new hybrid model is described.

1. Scriptural Guidance

  • What does the Bible teach about governance among God’s people?

  • What guidance can be learned from the Old Testament?

  • What does the New Testament offer regarding leadership and roles in the church?

  • What were underlying causes of conflict among God’s people throughout the Bible, and how do those apply today?


2. Congregational Governing Documents

  • What documents govern what we do in the church?

  • How does the pastor’s call document define responsibilities for the pastor as well as for the congregation?


3. Incorporation and Board Types

  • Why incorporate?

  • What are different board types?


4. Principles of Policy Governance – Corporate Model

  • How does one distinguish governance from management?

  • When is policy governance a great fit, and when is it not a great fit?

  • What are a governing board’s job description and major roles?

  • What are four main policy areas of a governing board?

5. Administrative Board Model for Congregation-Governed Churches

  • What is the history for this model, so often used in LCMS churches?

  • What are emerging challenges for the Administrative Board Model?


6. Policy Governance in Lutheran Congregations: Pros and Cons

  • What are the benefits?

  • What are the weaknesses?

  • What are unique difficulties for this model in Lutheran congregations?

7. A Hybrid: Three-Board Model

  • How can we maximize benefits and overcome weaknesses of other models?

  • What does a hybrid model look like?

  • What are the roles and responsibilities of the boards and key staff in the hybrid model?

  • What are the pros and cons of this model?


8. Equipping the Saints for Lifestyles of Reconciliation

  • Why establish a reconciliation ministry in our church or school?

  • What is a reconciler, and what are his/her roles?

  • How can our reconcilers be trained and resourced?


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What does the Hybrid Model look like?

The Congregation serves as the overriding governing authority, subject to Jesus Christ, the Church’s head (e.g., Colossians 1:18). All actively worshipping confirmed members (of legal age) are authorized to vote in congregational meetings. The Congregation calls the Senior Pastor to serve as its spiritual leader. However, the Board of Elders supervises the Senior Pastor on behalf of the congregation and delegates administrative functions of spiritual functions to him.

Board of Elders serves as the lay spiritual leadership of the congregation:

  • Elected by the congregation for specific term; may serve unlimited number of terms.

  • Supervises on behalf of the congregation and delegates to key staff person (called): Senior Pastor.

  • Authorized to assist the pastor(s) in the oversight of the doctrine, life, and spiritual well- being of the congregation and school.

  • Authorized to assist the pastor(s) in reviewing the spiritual work of the congregation and school, testing against the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions.

  • Authorized to assist the pastor(s) in responsibilities of worship and providing pastoral care.

  • Responsible for providing spiritual care of the pastor(s) and his (their) family(ies).

  • Responsible for evaluating and monitoring the performance of the Senior Pastor.

  • May serve as the call committee (at least partially) for filling pastoral vacancies and all commission ministers serving on the church staff.

  • Does not use a corporate model of policy governance, but adopts policies together with the Senior Pastor.

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Church Council (may also be called Board of Trustees) serves as the governing board for social ministries and management of operations including fiscal, property, and legal areas:

  • Elected by the congregation for specific term; serve limited number of consecutive terms.

  • Supervises and delegates to key staff person (non-called; employed or volunteer): Church

    Administrator (may also be called Executive Director, Business Manager, etc.).