The Minister: Writing Congregational Bylaws
When a congregation reaches the point of calling a minister, it needs a section in the bylaws dealing with the nature of the relationship between the congregation and minister, the basic responsibilities of the minister, procedures for calling a minister, and procedures for terminating the relationship. Many congregations also include the composition and structure of the Ministerial Search Committee and provisions concerning leave and sabbatical policies, although these provisions can easily be covered in the minister's letter of agreement. Congregations without ministers also may include a ministerial section of the bylaws in anticipation of future ministerial leadership.
The following sections explore provisions for the minister: