Shared Ministry

One of the concepts the Contract to Call Process Task Force is grappling with is that of “shared ministry”. Understanding shared ministry is vital to understanding the importance of “calling” a minister. The most vital and thriving congregations practice shared ministry, where the personal gifts of members and friends of the congregation are matched with opportunities to serve the mission and vision of the congregation. Ministry, therefore, is not merely the work of the ordained minister, but is shared by all members of the church. Ministry is the quality of the presence we bring to our work and connections in the church. It encompasses a spirit of compassion, kindness, hope, and reverence. Any work we do for the church can be ministry if we bring ourselves to it with that intention. Lay leadership is an important part of shared ministry and is critical to the overall wellbeing of the congregation. We are already practicing shared ministry in many ways. Members and friends participate in and lead worship services; we serve on the Council and committees; we provide pastoral care through the Caring Circle; we guide and mentor our children and youth; and we work for social justice in the larger community. A “called” minister reinforces shared ministry by having overall responsibility for the direction of the congregation. He/she pays attention to our mission and vision and the quality of relationships within the congregation. A called or settled minister has an indefinite tenure and therefore a larger commitment to the congregation than the duration of a contract. This spring we will be moving into the active phase of our call process. Cottage meetings, both in-person and on ZOOM, will begin at the end of March. These will provide an opportunity for all members and friends to voice their opinions about the qualities we are looking for in a minister. Look for a “Call Sermon” at the end of February or the beginning of March to kick off this exciting process. Marty Daniels, Contract to Call Process Task Force

The Contract to Call Process Task Force:

Chris Legore

Jen Kirchoff

Marty Daniels

Nancy McAlley

Dean Anderson

Kathy Muzzy

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