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From “The Committee On Ministry (COM) Model” by Rev. Robert T. Latham
No agent of the congregation’s ministry is exempt from evaluation by and recommendation from the COM. The synergistic power of wholeness demands attention be paid to every part.
Given this posture, how does the COM avoid triangulation? Being triangulated is essentially assuming responsibility for another party’s issue. It relieves the concerned party of responsibility for issue outcome. The COM avoids this by requiring that the party involved take ownership of the expressed concerns or suggestions and by policies that require the party to go through some process that assumes responsibility for outcome. In other instances it may point the concerned party to existing information or prior decisions that address the concern or suggestion, thereby enabling the individual to arrive at a proper outcome of ownership and ascertain a rightful conclusion.
This does not mean that the COM does not have opinions about issues that come its way. It does. After all, one of its goals is to both enhance and protect mission/ministry consciousness. However, when possible, it avoids stating its opinions in favor of creating processes and providing information that empower the party involved to arrive at perceived outcomes that are in the best interest of the congregation’s mission and ministry. This is a creative endeavor that is designed to enable such parties to raise their level of devotion to why the congregation exists and, if pertinent, to reduce their level of commitment to consumer attitudes.
This approach might be called mission/ministry objectivity. However, it is not cold. It has a warm compassionate edge. Its goal is always redemptive in terms of a higher level of commitment beyond personal agenda toward why the congregation exists and insights about how parts and the whole relate in synergistic possibility. A great deal of the COM’s stature derives from this non-instructional approach to both members and their issues.
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