1-THE THREE SUPPORT SERVICES AREAS
The National Board of LMSG offers to promote in our congregations through local Liaisons like yourself, three support service areas that focus on three groups of military people that are in most of our congregations: The Active Duty, the Veterans, and the Military Family. The congregational extension of LMSG National is the local LMSG. The entire focus of the LMSG-Local is on the three support service areas mentioned above. The LMSG-National will help the Liaison understand the vision and current/projected activities involved with these three areas.
2-SETTING UP A SSPC (SUPPORT SERVICE PROJECTS COMMITTEE)
The Liaison is the one to call the troops together in the congregation who want to get involved in supporting each other. This group is open to anyone in the congregation (service-connected or not) who wants to learn about and to support the mission of the LMSG. This group begins meeting together to support each other in fellowship and to share ideas and implement educational projects and major activity projects. This is the vision of how things will probably happen in the beginning, and beyond that, things might never change. This becomes the LMSG on the congregational level, i.e., a LMSG Chapter of LMSG National.
If the activities in running the group and coordinating and implementing the approved projects of the core group get more numerous and complex and the overall number of congregants, both service-connected persons and Patriots, involved grows quite large, the Liaison could consider seeking a bit more structure in order to work effectively and to avoid burn out. You might consider forming a formal leadership group out of those in the core group of the LMSG which will allow for clearer lines of who does what and when, and which promotes more structure and sense of personal responsibility in seeing that the mission of the LMSG-National and the vision of the Liaison are adequately supported and carried out.
The leadership group that forms out of the initial group (LMSG-Local) is called the…
Support Service Projects Committee (SSPC).
You will need the normal makeup for SSPC officers: the Liaison as the Chairman, a Vice-Chairman when the work load warrants it; and a Secretary to take the minutes of the planning meetings and when it meets with the LMSG-Local, and for submitting various items and reports to National; a Treasurer to record expenses incurred when certain events are held, etc., pay bills, send special donations to National, and help monitor the spending. If the SSPC delegates to individual members of the LMSG to head certain major activities, these Coordinators (of specified activities) will report to the SSPC. As the Chairman, the Liaison will keep the SSPC and your LMSG-Local focused on the goals of LMSG-National.
The SSPC meets regularly with their core group of LMSG supporters (the LMSG-Chapter), and meets separately to further plan and coordinate the work of the entire LMSG-Chapter.
In summary, the core group of congregational members who are service-related and those who are Patriots under the leadership of the Liaison, is your LMSG-Local who works with LMSG-National. The LMSG-Local in time could morph into having the core group of supporters/LMSG Chapter, a set of officers (service-connected members) who serve on the Support Service Projects Committee, and Coordinators (service connected persons and Patriots) who report to the SSPC.
After the initial formation of the Committee, you can set up for future elections by your LMSG-Local, that can occur annually.
Here is an illustration of the single level and then the dual level of organization
3-GETTING & APPROVING IDEAS
As you learn who the service people are in the congregation, this becomes the focus group that you can solicit ideas from for service projects in the 3-service areas. This is also the focus group that you will want to bounce off ideas that your SSPC has come up with. Again, before implementation of something new within your congregation, be sure to get final approval by the Board that has oversight of auxiliary groups in the church.