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From “The Committee On Ministry (COM) Model” by Rev. Robert T. Latham
A successful COM needs no other source of authority aside from its processed wisdom and the impact of the work it performs. Its authority should and must derive from its:
The only stated authority given to the COM via its mandate is that of assessing the work of the congregation and its minister which it does within the context of its ongoing assessment of the function of all congregational agents of ministry. Out of such assessing it makes non-binding recommendations. Thus, while this is specific it is not exclusive—it is done within the context of the whole. Since it assesses the effectiveness of the professional minister it may also recommend changes in the minister’s compensation package.
Policies are critical to the COM’s success and inevitably play a role in any of its failures. Therefore, having the right policies, having these policies well defined and refusing to back down from these policies will contribute significantly to COM power, stature and success.
Since the COM has no authority aside from that of its stature and capacity to assess and recommend, these three policies need to be authorized by the congregation’s board. They can be created by the board or by a joint committee of the board and members of the COM in order to reflect the broadest possible wisdom.
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Last updated on Tuesday, August 20, 2013.
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