New Structure Explained 6-1-14

New Structure Explained 6-1-14

New Structure Concept Explained for June 1 2014 Congregation Gathering


The Leadership Team will:

  • Be elected by the Congregation. Will serve a longer term for continuity.
  • Include Pastor, Moderator, Past Moderator, Future Moderator as needed, Clerk/Membership, and 6 Liaisons representing six foundational missions of the church
  • Will have regularly scheduled meetings
  • Develop, with input from Congregation, the overall and long-range vision of the church, and encourage others to hold the vision as their reason for being
  • Authorize, support, and shepherd new initiatives and new Ministry Teams
  • Consult with Budget Development Team to build budget to be recommended to Congregation (As Church Council does now)
  • Deliberate issues, consult with Congregation when needed (Example: Executive Committee held meetings to discuss engaging in a longer transition in preparation for Congregation meeting at which the decision was made)
  • Communicate with and listen to Congregation by many means, including frequent after-church gatherings and more use of website
  • Read, attend workshops etc. to improve their leadership and knowledge


The Liaisons to Clusters will:

  • Encourage communication and collaboration among teams in their cluster
  • Communicate news, information, questions etc. to Leadership Team from cluster
  • Listen to cluster members
  • Support new initiatives with extra attention and resources
  • Encourage development of leadership skills, training, use of resources
  • Bring all members of Teams in their cluster together once or twice a year to build relationships and common vision


Ministry Teams will:

  • Include time for relationship building and spiritual encounter in their meetings
  • Develop stated purpose for their group which fits into overall vision of church
  • Choose their own meeting schedule, location, designated contact person and publicize information on website so others may join in, know what is happening. (No “parking lot” meetings)
  • Work with other teams in their cluster to develop plans for the year, help each other as needed. (Example: WBS and Mission Board to work together on Mission Fair this fall)
  • Keep their Liaison informed about their work through email or other contact


Congregation Members and Friends will:

  • Be encouraged to take part in the work of a cluster that suits their gifts and sense of mission
  • Know where decisions are being made, who is doing what, and what they are doing
  • Give input into planning and visioning, through congregation gatherings, website, etc.
  • Bring forth new initiatives and get help to get going


Time frame:

  • Now, encourage Boards and Committees to shift to Ministry Team style
  • Fall 2014: Identify potential Cluster Liaisons, begin to shift into this leadership style
  • Annual Meeting Feb 2015: Present working concept to Congregation for approval
  • 2015-2016: Work with and live into concept during trial period, make adaptations