InSpirit Board of Trustees

Who Are They?

Elected at the Annual Membership meeting for two-year terms, the Board of Trustees consists of seven members who have met all the qualifications for serving in this capacity. As well, our Ministers Sandy and Kirk together, constitute a single vote on the Board. Our Assistant Ministers also act in an advisory role on the Board.

The Role of the InSpirit Board of Trustees

The InSpirit Board of Trustees directs and oversees the legal and financial stewardship of our dynamic spiritual community in a manner consistent with applicable law and the bylaws of the InSpirit Center for Spiritual Living.

The Board operates as a governing body, with overall responsibility for InSpirit’s sustainability, while serving to promote and expand our mission: Inspire, Create, Embrace

The Board does not manage day-to-day operations of InSpirit. It supports our Senior Minister in her capacity as our management leader.

What Qualifies Them to Serve?

The members of the Board are the leaders of the InSpirit Center. Nominees are recommended by a selection committee (and voted on by the membership) based on their background, skills required by the Board and their level of commitment to the Center.

As per the InSpirit By-Laws, Board nominees must be active and loyal members of the InSpirit Center for Spiritual Living for at least one year, be financially supportive of the Center, have successfully completed the Science of Mind Foundations Class, participate in social activities and special events and attend Sunday services on a regular basis as a visible presence.

All Board Members are asked to sign the InSpirit Code of Ethics.

Except for the Minister, Co-Minister and Assistant Ministers, no member of the Board receives compensation for their service.

What Is Their Commitment?

Being on the Board of Trustees means being an excellent steward of the Church, taking responsibility, making sound decisions, thinking creatively, listening, engaging in consistent spiritual practice, being a peacemaker and giving their time, talent and treasure. It’s a big commitment and one that is invaluable to the Trustee, as well as to the growth and well-being of the Center.

What Are Their Intentions?

The Law can bring us only as much good as we can mentally accept. This acceptance is an act of our own consciousness; it is an act of faith. ~ Ernest Holmes.

To invite Spirit’s highest possibility for our Spiritual Community to be revealed through them and to act with faith and integrity in the fulfillment of the Vision.

To communicate with each other and members of our Spiritual Community with openness, honesty and respect.

To be impeccable with their word, refraining from gossip, complaints, accusations and third party reporting.

To do what they say they will do and doing it with love and excellence.

To engage members of our Spiritual Community at every opportunity, involving them and calling on their skills, creativity and willingness; by recognizing that in order to grow, people want to feel involved.

To serve as the Leadership of our Spiritual Community in their thoughts, words, actions and presence.

To be grateful for the privilege of serving in this way — individually and as a governing body. This is sacred and holy work.

Our elected Board of Trustees

Jeff Kouba, President
Jeff Kouba, President
Michael Brandman, Secretary
Michael Brandman, Secretary
Michael Heuerman, Treasurer
Michael Heuerman, Treasurer
Dr. Jim Van Cleave, Member
Dr. Jim Van Cleave, Member
Shelley Thunen-Southard, Member
Shelley Thunen-Southard, Member