Church Government

The congregational church is governed by a series of boards and committees made up of congregants. Click to expand each entity to learn more about them.

The council is the administrative body of the church. It is made up of the pastor, clerk, moderator, treasurer, Christian enlistment chairperson, three at-large church members and a representative from each board. At least ten monthly meetings are held throughout the year. 

Council is responsible for making the following appointments:

  • Committees (as needed)
  • Christian enlistment chairperson, auditor and historian (annually)
  • Temporary officers and board members (as needed)
  • Pastoral search committees (as needed)
  • Conference delegates (annually)

Duties involve:

  • The general promotion and supervision of the welfare of the church
  • Submitting for action to the church (at annual or special meetings) any matter approved by a majority of the council
  • Authorization of the treasurer to disburse funds for budget items and special accounts
  • Administration of donations and memorials
  • An annual review of the pastor’s financial needs
  • An annual report to the congregation.

All church members are encouraged to participate in the government of the church. The goal is to provide an open-minded forum for conducting business, airing concerns and solving problems while encouraging collaboration and support.

The Board of Christian Education (BOCE) is the overseer of the following groups or programs:

  • Sunday School Program, pre-school through high school
  • Youth Group and Adult Education
  • Confirmation Class
  • Activities involving children or youth
  • Coordinate nursery care

The Diaconate is a group of men and women who are interested in furthering the spiritual life of the church. The mission of the Diaconate is to assist the pastor in ministering to the spiritual needs of the church. 

Sunday morning duties:

  • Setting up and then cleaning up the sanctuary
  • Assisting in other tasks as required by the pastor 
  • Handing out bulletins
  • Collecting offerings
  • Other tasks such as ringing the bell, turning on the elevator, and assisting with communion

Other responsibilities include:

  • Church visitation 
  • Maintaining church member list
  • Arranging substitute ministers during Pastor vacations or other absences
  • Assisting with funerals and weddings as needed
  • Overseeing the Deacon Families program and other programs

An important function of the Diaconate is to serve as a sounding board for the pastor. In this way, we discuss issues surrounding the worship service and the fellowship outreach aspects of the church and then develop ideas for improvements. Our monthly meetings cover the “business end” of the job (ushers, etc) but also reserve time to discuss topics of special interest at some length.

Stewardship is the financial body of the church that seeks to educate members about the relationship between our faith and faithful giving. Stewardship is about taking care of the resources entrusted to us by a generous God. Each year members of Stewardship and Christian Enlistment work together to develop a theme for our annual pledge drive.

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the real estate and property owned by the church. 

Responsibilities:

  • Seeing that the property is maintained, properly used, updated and replaced as needed 
  • Hiring and supervising the custodian and the lawn care, snow plowing and shoveling personnel 
  • Yearly reviews of the church insurance policy and oil contract 
  • Inspections of the elevator, fire alarms and extinguishers, furnace, water quality and church building 
  • Setting the fees for non-member organizations and individuals who use the church
  • Approving and monitoring building use

The Mission Board is responsible for distributing mission funds pledged by church members. Our goal is to reach as many people as possible in our own community and world wide.

Projects/activities:

  • Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Worcester
  • Valentine’s for Veterans
  • Collect gifts for Aids Project Worcester
  • Collect and distribute gifts cards for those in need in the local community

The Pastor Parish Relations Committee (PPRC) currently consists of five members plus the pastor. 

Responsibilities: 

  • Understanding the pastoral and congregational roles and facilitating communication between both parties
  • Being a sounding board for conflict from both sides and looking for resolutions. 
  • Support to the pastor via advocation of continuing education and participation in ecumenical activities
  • Review of the pastor’s compensation and monitoring the evaluation process
  •  Assisting with start-up and termination procedures

The nominating committee helps to fill the open positions on the church boards and committees. We are always looking for people interested in joining a board or committee in the new year. Please find a nominating committee member if you are interested!

The Coffee Hour Committee consists of six people with rotating three year terms. Each member is responsible for two months of coffee hour a year. 

Duties involve:

  • Recruiting hosts / hostesses for any open weeks during their time
  • Offering instructions for new volunteers
  • Making sure there are adequate supplies each week and helping keep the kitchen clean and picked up

Money donated each week is used to purchase coffee, juices, paper supplies, dish soaps, wraps, paper towels, etc.

We plan one Saturday morning a year to do a thorough kitchen cleaning and work on special projects. We have one meeting a year, in January, to assign our months, discuss our duties, and assess kitchen supplies and replacement needs and try to solve any problems we have encountered.

The Flower Committee is responsible for coordinating flowers for the altar each week.

The Bylaw Committee is charged with reviewing our existing bylaws and proposing an updated set that reflects the present needs of the church.