The LPGM Nominating Committee is now seeking nominations for individuals to serve on the LPGM board of directors. We encourage you to consider nominating yourself or a colleague for a board position.
LPGM’s board nominating committee is seeking candidates to be nominated for four open positions. The deadline for nominations, using the form below, is March 15, 2021. The full board will vote at the Annual Meeting in April, and three-year terms for the newly elected board members will start immediately after the vote.
If you have questions about the board nomination process, please contact Dan Ruth, LPGM’s executive director, at [email protected].
Thank you for your continued involvement in and support for Lutheran Partners in Global Ministry!
Benefits of Service
- A unique and rewarding opportunity to serve alongside other leaders and to make a lasting impact by providing access to quality education for people at the margins.
- A modest time commitment of about 4-5 hours per month.
- Board Meetings are held five times annually, typically on Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Committee Meetings vary by scope, but typically meet in the odd months between board meetings.
- LPGM will reimburse travel expenses for those board members living outside the Twin Cities Metro area for attendance at in-person board meetings.
- Virtual participation is available for board members who are not able to attend in person.
Expectations of Board Members
As part of the responsibilities of the board, members are expected to:
- Interpret the organization’s work and values to the community, represent the organization, and act as a spokesperson.
- Interpret our constituencies’ needs and values to the organization, speak out for their interests, and — on their behalf — hold the organization accountable.
- Attend at least 75 percent of board meetings, committee meetings, and special events.
- Make a personal financial contribution at a level that is meaningful to you and is one of your top three charitable contributions.
- Actively participate in one or more fundraising activities.
- Excuse yourself from discussions and votes where you have a conflict of interest.
- Stay informed about what’s going on in the organization. Ask questions and request information. Participate in and take responsibility for making decisions on issues, policies, and other matters. Do not stay silent if you have questions or concerns.
- Work in good faith with staff and other board members as partners toward achievement of our goals.
Transformation Committee Chair
The transformation committee oversees the organization’s strategy and plans for building relationships that transform boundaries. The core program of this committee is Transformational Travel, which brings groups of travelers overseas to meet their global neighbors, learn about God’s presence and activity among those communities, and return home ready to engage both locally and globally. It also oversees resource development that can be used by congregations and groups, such as Bible Studies, devotions, and educational material. This board position will chair the committee, ensuring participation between volunteer committee members and staff, developing resources and experiences for transformation.
Development Committee Chair
The development committee is responsible for all vital revenue streams, which provide the funding necessary to fulfill our mission. This board position will chair the committee, working with the development director, staff and board of directors. The development committee is engaged in community-centric fundraising that is grounded in racial and economic justice and LPGM’s mission to listen, respond and bear witness to local needs and priorities. This position helps the organization communicate the impact of its work, both internationally and domestically, and invites individuals, congregations and other funders to participate.
Sponsor Engagement Committee Chair
The sponsor engagement committee is responsible for building relationships between sponsors and students that transform boundaries. This board position will chair the committee, working with the program director, staff and board of directors. The sponsor engagement committee is tasked with communications and marketing of Project Education India — LPGM’s student sponsorship program with six boarding homes in Tamil Nadu, India – both to encourage new sponsorship and to help current sponsors deepen their relationships with their assigned student. These relationships encourage and inspire students to continue their schooling and provide an opportunity for sponsors to know God’s presence in new and unexpected ways.
Finance Committee Member
The finance committee is tasked with overseeing and reviewing LPGM’s holistic financial position on behalf of the organization and board of directors. This includes regularly monitoring investments and cash flow; determining long-term priorities, multi-year pro forma budgets, and contingency planning; assisting staff with annual budgeting; acting as board-empowered point of contact for auditor, audit report initial review; and risk management (money, reputation, morale). This position will work closely with the Treasurer (committee chair), staff and other committee members, to manage these responsibilities and report to the full board of directors on LPGM’s financial position.