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Christian Community Governance Model

Accepted Model of Governance for New Christian Community (Model A)

(adopted by the Community in June 2015)

Three leaders: a liturgy leader; an operations leader; and community life and service leader to serve on the Guiding Council which is based on the model of a steering committee.

Responsibilities of the Three New Christian Community Leaders:

Specifications:
  • Length of service for community leaders. Recommended: staggered two year terms
  • Community members at a community meeting call forth leaders, reflecting on matching the talents and skills of the individual to the type of leadership being called forth
  • All calls to leadership must be prayerfully considered. i.e. no outright rejection of call
Responsibilities of Community Members:
  • Commit to serve in areas of need within community such as ministries
  • Attend community meetings
  • Bring pertinent concerns to respective leader
  • After a discussion period amongst members, members consensus/vote on action plans using the voting method:
    • a) Affirm with vigor
    • b) Affirm with reservations
    • c) Stand aside, if it is the will of the community
    • d) Vote not in favor (to be rarely considered)
Leadership Positions:
  1. Liturgy and Spirituality: Oversees the committees that empower the celebration of Eucharist and all that is necessary for community worship and organizes the many individual projects (Example: Lenten Services) necessary for community worship.
    • Assists and coordinates the following ministries: Liturgy; Music; Children's Sunday Liturgies; Eucharistic Ministers; Mass Coordinator (MC); FIRE; Community Retreat and Sacramental Coordination
    • Maintains the liturgical planning calendar
    • Assists groups in visioning and problem solving. Can take needs to Guiding Council.
    • Assists each respective ministry in group to establish protocols (what you do).

  2. Community Spirit: Oversees these committees and ministries:
    • Pastoral Care; Food for St. Joseph's; Family Promise; Coffee; Sandwich Ministry; Welcoming; Community Service Project; Bulletin
    • Assists groups in visioning and problem solving. Can take needs to Guiding Council
    • Assists each respective ministry in group to establish protocols (what you do).

  3. Operations: Oversees the committees that:
    • Raise money for internal or outreach purposes (Service Auction, Xmas Sharing, Art on the Hill, Chili Cookoff)
    • Develop and recommend financial policies (Finance Committee)
    • Develop website and Technology Support
    • Assists groups in visioning and problem solving. Can take needs to Guiding Council.
    • Assists each respective ministry in group to establish protocols (what you do).

Implementation:

  • Transitional governance team that is comprised of the transition team to lead until new leaders are called forth in September and January (see below).
  • Staggered (transition governance team) leadership positions: Community Spirit Leader; Liturgical and Spirituality Leader leave January 2016; Operations Leader leaves September 2015. Respectively, new leaders are called forth and voted in from community to replace transitional governance team.

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