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Committee on Ministry

The primary purpose of the Committee on Ministry (CoM) is to ensure a healthy and vibrant ministry at First Parish. It seeks to understand, assess, support and advocate for a robust ministry throughout the context of congregational life.

The committee meets monthly with the minister and with other members of the congregation as necessary. Through discussions, this group seeks to understand, assess, support, and advocate for a strong and mutually supportive congregational ministry. The committee functions as a sounding board for both the minister and the congregation. It serves the whole congregational body. Trust, integrity, and confidentiality are essential to the work of this committee. When needed, the Committee on Ministry interprets for the congregation the nature and scope of the minister’s work, helping to clarify role expectations and realistic priorities.

To be effective, the committee invites congregants to speak with it regarding the ministry of both minister and congregation. When a congregant wishes to air a concern or a complaint, the person(s) may speak to the minister or to any member of the CoM. For the concern or complaint to be adequately addressed, however, the person must be willing to be identified and, if necessary, meet with the CoM and/or the minister for a frank and open conversation. The committee sees its function as supporting the work of the congregation and the minister in order to maintain a strong, thriving and healthy congregation.

Meetings: Monthly

Commitment to Participate: Members of the CoM are invited to serve a two year term by the Board of Trustees and the settled minister.

Roles: Minister, committee members

For information contact the minister.