The purpose of the Committee on Ministry is to counsel and support the minister, and to care for and strengthen the overall ministry of Heritage Church. This ministry – how we love and care for each other in relationship – is a shared ministry encompassing: the personal ministry of each congregant and staff member in daily life; internal ministry to the church community; and external ministry to the wider community through various outreach programs.
The Committee on Ministry consists of three members: one appointed by the Board of Trustees, one appointed by the minister, and one elected by the congregation at the annual meeting. The Committee on Ministry selects a chairperson from within.
Selection of members
Those serving on the Committee on Ministry shall be required to be members of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church. Committee members should have a strong capacity for confidentiality and good rapport with the minister. Volunteers are not accepted.
Committee terms are one year in length and expire at the end of the church year. Members may be reappointed to the committee for no more than three consecutive terms. The minister appoints a church member to fill any vacancy created by early departure.
Committee discussions are kept closed and confidential in order to promote candor, honest communication, and feedback regarding potentially sensitive issues. The committee should inform the minister of all meetings. Any congregant may bring issues to the committee. The committee may forward an issue or concern along with the congregant’s name; however the committee will not act on anonymous complaints.
- Help the minister carry on an effective shared ministry by being available to him/her for counsel.
- Coordinate an annual reflection of the shared ministry program with the Board of Trustees and the Minister.
- Support the education of the congregation for its understanding and skill in shared ministry.
- Facilitate communication between the minister and the congregation.
- Educate the congregation about the role of the minister, healthy communication, and right relationships.
- Solicit and receive congregational feedback on issues related to shared ministry.
- Continually monitor congregational life.
- Consult with the minister and submit an annual compensation recommendation to the Board of Trustees.
- Support the minister’s planning for continuing education, sabbaticals, and other professional development.
- Solicit feedback (e.g. exit interviews) from those formally withdrawing their church membership. The CoM will provide a summary of exit interviews to the HUUC Board on a regular basis.
~ October 25, 2011