Lay Leadership

LAY LEADERSHIP - Chris Ghrist, Lay Leader
 
The primary task of the Committee on Lay Leadership is to ensure that the congregation has a process for discovering, inviting, nominating, and supporting people for Christian spiritual leadership positions essential to the ministries of nurture and outreach in your local congregation and community.
 
Responsibilities:
  1. To become familiar with as many persons in the congregation as possible.  List their gifts, skills, interests, knowledge, and commitment.  Be sure to consider people of various ages (including youth, young adults, and older adults) and life situations (married, single, retired). Develop a system for keeping this list up-to-date.
  2. To list the leadership positions established in the congregation (other than paid staff).
  3. To work cooperatively with committees, ministry groups (work areas), and other groups or individuals in preparing job descriptions that are adapted to the needs and organizational style of the church.
  4. To study the responsibilities for each leadership position.
  5. To match potential leaders with particular leadership positions.
  6. To invite people to serve in leadership positions, receive their responses, and present those nominated to the Charge Conference.
  7. To plan for programs throughout the year to ensure that people are adequately trained and supported for their work.
  8. To elect a lay co-chairman – the pastor is the chairman - to represent the committee on the Church Council.
  9. To be accountable to the Charge Conference through the Church Council