Ministry and Personnel Committees
We live in a culture where many “employer/employee” models are practiced in the work place.
However, the Church strives to model employment relationships, which reflect an underlying assumption that “we are in Ministry together.”
Some Facts about M&P Committees
- Every congregation is required by the manual to have an M&P Committee.
- The committee makes recommendations to council (or equivalent body), who has the power to act.
- The M&P Committee has numerous resources available to assist in the work of the committee.
- The M&P Committee is a confidential consultative body that supports the pastoral relationship.
Who’s on an M&P committee
- 3 to 7 members
- Offer representation of all aspects of the congregation
- Not those who hold other offices in church, e.g. Board Chair.
- Not ministry personnel, staff, or their family members
- Not any in personal conflict with staff
- Meetings should occur regularly; at minimum every three months
- Personnel should be invited to meet with the committee periodically
- Consultation and support
- Review work and remuneration
- Oversee relationship staff/congregation
- Consult about continuing education
- Review “effectiveness” re: mission
- Liaison with PRC of Presbytery