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Who Should Be On the Committee On Ministry?
Congregational Administration, Congregational Administration

From “The Committee On Ministry (COM) Model” by Rev. Robert T. Latham

I. Personal Characteristics

  • Commitment to the congregation’s mission and ministry above all other agendas  
  • A big picture perspective  
  • Personal integrity  
  • Caring honesty  
  • Keeps confidences  
  • People skills  
  • Collaborative  
  • Healthy ego  
  • Creative  
  • Institutional savvy  
  • Membership stature  
  • Unitarian Universalist experience

II. Terms

  • Lay Leaders  

    • Three years rotating  
    • Six members  
    • Two on/two off each year  
    • One year must pass before an old member can be considered for another term.  
    • Maximum six years in a ten year period  

    (terms and rotation assure the preservation of the committee’s historical memory)  

  • Ministers (Called/Hired)  

    • If more than two ministers then generally the lead minister. If deemed valuable then maybe other ministers.  
    • Advisory and non-voting.  
    • Serves indefinitely.  
    • The minister represents special information and professional insights for the COM that are unavailable from other sources.

III. Lay Leader Election

  • A group of appropriate names are proposed to the congregation’s nominating body by the COM through a special committee process.  
  • Out of this group of names the Nominating Committee (or its equivalent) nominates to the congregation the prescribed number needed to fill the rotating system. The congregation’s president and COM members are given priority consideration over all other elected positions.  
  • Elected by the Congregation  

    • No floor nominations (non-politicized)  
  • Nominees hold no other major congregational offices so as to avoid representational conflicts and to assure maximum objectivity.

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