Robert T. Latham, Moving On from Church Folly Lane: The Pastoral to Program Shift, Addendum VI, "The Committee on Ministry (an Original and Workable Model)," pp. 244-72 (Tucson: Wheatmark, 2006.) The book can be ordered from Robert's web site at www.mythinglink.com at sale price of $12.00 plus $3.50 shipping cost. It is not available through amazon.com.
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A DOZEN GOOD IDEAS ABOUTCOMMITTEES ON MINISTRYRev. Barbara Child, Accredited Interim MinisterAnd host Lisa Presley, District Executive, HeartlandDistrict,MidAmerica Region
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IDEA 1: AGENT OF THE ENTIRECONGREGATION Allows professional clergy, lay leaders and congregation at large to work toward fulfillment of mission and covenant Bylaws should support COM made up of well respected persons Regular rotation and term limits Should not have adversarial approach!
IDEA 2: IDEAL MEMBERS Members of COM are: Active members familiar with congregation’s history and culture Generally respected by lay and clergy Do not bring personal agenda Able to focus on big picture of mission, covenant and ministry Skilled at communication Commitment to well-being of whole
IDEA 3: COM IN THECONGREGATIONAL SYSTEM Should be no overlap between Board and COM Engages more congregants in significant leadership roles Leadership training ground Recipient of trained leaders
IDEA 4: COMMUNICATION Good COM communicates constantly Through every means Regarding the state of the mission and covenant Keeps people from going to sleep, becoming complacent, or forgetting the church’s mission
IDEA 5: EDUCATE ABOUT COM History of Ministerial Relations Committees (MRCs) and COMs Shift from support group to congregational check-up “Our COM,” not “Minister’s COM” Which is yours?
IDEA 6: EVALUATION Evaluation of ministry: Everything done by professional clergy, other paid staff, and congregants involved in the ministry Not just about the professional clergy Agent to monitor everyone’s accountability over time
IDEA 7: TRUE FOCUS COM helps congregation focus on true reason for evaluation: How are we doing on our mission achievement? Are we living within our covenants with each other? Helpcongregation know the mission and covenant
IDEA 8: POLICY AND MONITORING Cleardistinction between work of Board (policy-makers) and COM (congregation monitors) Board’s authority to make decisions COM’s authority is power of persuasion COM invites people to mission- and covenant-focused perspective
IDEA 9: CONSULTANTS COM consults regularly with professional clergy and other staff, Board, task forces, teams, committees involved in ministry Will share impressions on how ministry going May make recommendations Others decide what to do
IDEA 10:CONFLICT MANAGEMENT Engages in on-going conflict management Sponsoring workshops on understanding systems and healthy practices Not arbiter or judge but encourages responsible resolution Never takes sides
IDEA 11:MODELS SHARED MINISTRY Model and teach value of shared ministry Educate about ministry in general, and congregation’s ministry in particular Help people understand short- and long-term goals for congregation
IDEA 12:TRUST AND ACCOUNTABILITY Model and teach mutual trust and accountability Working with Board and professional clergy Fostering right relationship in accord with congregation’s covenant
AND ONE CAVEAT: Safeguard against COM being MRC Should not be “palace guard” or complaint bureau Larger congregation may not need a COM to be healthy May not be for everyone but . . . Well conceived and managed can serve healthy shared ministry of professional clergy and congregants
MAJOR RESOURCES Robert T. Latham, Moving On from Church Folly Lane: The Pastoral to Program Shift (Tuscon: Wheatmark, 2006) Addendum VI: The Committee on Ministry (an Original and Workable Model), p 244-72 Can be ordered through www.mythinglink.com or the UUA Bookstore www.uuabookstore.org Dan Hotchkiss, Governance and Ministry (Alban Institute) Can be ordered through the UUA Bookstore