Ministry Team

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The Ministry Team works as part of the WNCMC to set goals and policies and develops and implements strategies to provide pastoral ministry.

A) Membership:

a) The Ministry Team consists of several (normally four) ministers.

b) One of the ministers is identified as the Leading Minister with special responsibilities as identified below.

c) Besides the Leading Minister, other members of the Ministry Team may be paid by the congregation for time spent in ministry assignments.

B) Qualifications and Gifts:

All members of the Ministry Team shall be selected for the following gifts and qualifications:

a) A dynamic and growing faith in Christ as Lord and Saviour that finds expression in daily life and in relationship with others.

b) A clear sense of calling to leadership ministry, experienced personally and confirmed by the congregation.

c) A stable and realistic self-understanding, a healthy concept of self-worth, sensitivity to others, ability to cope with stress and conflict.

d) Evidence of leadership ability and confidence and respect of the congregation.

e) An understanding of self as servant leader in accord with our theological understanding of the believers' church.

f) A commitment to shared ministry, both within the Ministry Team and the congregation.

g) Ministers are members of the congregation.

In addition, the leading minister shall (and other ministers may) have the following qualifications:

h) Seminary training or its equivalent, and pastoral experience.

i) Be formally recognized by the Conference through licensing or ordination.

C) Job Description:

a) The Ministry Team is responsible to provide pastoral leadership to the church. Functions to be given central attention include:

i) ATTENDING, in partnership with the Church Ministries Council, to the spiritual well being of the congregation and its leaders, conflict resolution, connection with the wider church, help in setting definitions of appropriate Christian behaviour and sound doctrine.

ii) PREACHING AND TEACHING MINISTRIES, in partnership with the Worship Committee and Nurture Committee, including planning and regular contributions in both areas, to ensure a balanced coverage of Biblical themes, contemporary issues and life cycle needs within the congregation.

iii) WORSHIP, both in partnership with the Worship Committee and as a regular visible presence during worship.

iv) SHEPHERDING AND HEALING MINISTRIES, in order to support the congregation's spiritual, physical, mental and emotional health. These ministries are exercised through counselling, pastoral visiting, prayer, laying on of hands, crisis ministry and dealing with life cycle issues including preparation for marriage, grief counselling and the various stages of parenting.

v) EVANGELIZING, sharing the Gospel. This may include, in partnership with the Mission and Service Committee, identification of particular gifts we have to offer those outside our community, and the means by which we can share these gifts.

vi) CALLING OUT OF GIFTS, in partnership with the Personnel Committee, the process of helping people to exercise their Spirit-given gifts in the life and work of the church and the communities in which they live and work.

vii) EQUIPPING LEADERS, in partnership with the Ministry Support Committee, through careful nurture, testing and supervised training of new leaders for service in the congregation, community and the wider church.

viii) ENVISIONING, in partnership with the Church Ministries Council, the task of keeping the gospel message clearly posed, of calling and recalling the congregation to faithfulness, of keeping a vision before us of where we are called to be.

ix) GROUP LIFE: Plan and implement a program of continuing small group activity in the congregation. In partnership with appropriate other committees and appointees, special attention is given to youth ministry.

b) The team will divide these responsibilities amongst members as seems appropriate to them. Some of these tasks may be delegated to other members of the congregation--e.g., coordinating care groups, youth ministry, pastoral care.

c) The ministers shall be responsible for funerals, weddings, baptisms, communion, parentchild dedication or other special services in partnership with the Worship Committee.

d) The ministers shall meet with the Ministry Support Committee.

e) One minister shall be appointed as a contact with each of the Congregational Committees listed in section C, above. It is assumed that ministers will not chair these committees, but will normally attend meetings of the committee.

f) Ministers shall receive minutes of all committees and may provide counsel as desired or deemed necessary. Minutes of Ministry Team meetings will be shared with all members of the Ministry Support Committee and the Church Ministries Council.

Leading Minister

Within the job description of the Ministry Team, the Leading Minister has

the following particular responsibilities:

a) coordinate and oversee the work of other ministers,

b) chair meetings of the Ministry Team,

c) serve as a member of the Church Ministries Council.

D) Calling/Length of Service/Review:

a) Normally the ministers shall be called to service for a three-year term with annual reviews to evaluate performance as well as compatibility with the assignment. Ministers called and financially supported under contract could be called for up to five years. It is assumed that people usually shall serve for several terms but for a maximum of three consecutive terms in order to ensure a balance between need for continuity and change on the Ministry Team.

b) The calling of ministers and their annual reviews will be led by the Ministry Support Committee. Calls, contracts and contract reviews of financially supported ministers will be led by the Church Ministries Council in partnership with the Ministry Support Committee. A representative of the MCEC Leadership Commission will be invited to participate with in these processes when they involve a licensed or ordained person.

c) At. the end of a contract period or term of service, the review process shall give particular attention to continuation of service.

E) Accountability

a) The Ministry Team is accountable to the Church Ministries Council.