Within the church we will find groups of people who meet together to brainstorm, strategize, make recommendations or decisions and plans on how to effectively do ministry in a certain area of church life.
Church Board (called by varying names in different churches but composed of those who provide broad oversight of the church)
Long Standing Committees or Ministry Teams (composed of leaders of a department or ministry area, i.e., Christian Education Commission)
Short Term or Temporary Committees or Ministry Teams (composed of select individuals to work on strategic planning for a seasonal ministry i.e., VBS, task i.e., Budget Committee, or what we might call a steering committee to help with new ministry initiatives)
While these groups may have different functions, the church’s purpose should provide the common thread.
Bring Boards, Committees, and Ministry Teams Under the Umbrella of Your Church Purpose
- The Church’s Purpose determines their reason for existence.
You should be able to provide a rational for why this group is needed to help the church fulfill it’s purpose. If not, it is possibly wasting precious time and resources.
- The Church’s Purpose is the end toward which all work.
The church purpose should be used as a grid through which all decisions are made. If not, it is possibly fragmenting rather than unifying the church.
The Church Purpose is what helps all the various ministries remain coordinated within the church. No committee, board, department, or team should be an end to itself. Yet, within the framework of the church’s purpose, great freedom can be given.
Get some suggestions for how you can make sure the church board, committees, and ministry teams come under the umbrella of your church purpose in the Steering the Church Toward God’s Purposes Leadership Guide.