JOB DESCRIPTION: Member of Committee on Shared Ministries
I. INITIAL RESPONSIBILITIES (upon joining the CoSM)
– If possible, attend the June meeting before becoming an official member
– Review CoSM’s purpose and job description.
– Attend BVUUF’s August Leadership Retreat
II. MAJOR DUTIES
– Thoughtfully discuss monthly updates from Minister
– In partnership with the Minister, educates the Congregation regarding all aspects of the ministry
– Coordinates between the Minister, the Congregation, the Board, other committees, and ministry programs to provide ministry leadership and vision
– Provides support and accountability to the ministry councils of the congregation: Lifespan Faith Formation, Caring, Member Engagement, Spirituality and the Arts, Social Justice and Action.
– Coordinates periodic and rolling assessments (reflection sessions) of the shared ministry of the Congregation and the professional ministry
– Annually reviews priorities and results with the Minister
– Recommends and actively supports sabbaticals and other professional development of the Minister
– Prepares for, attends, and actively participates in monthly CoSM meetings, leadership retreats, and Congregational Meetings.
– Responds promptly to e-mail requests from other CoSM members.
– Follows through on commitments to CoSm, such as communicating with other groups or creating/reviewing documents.
– Serves as liaison to one or more of the councils that report to the CoSM, serves as the conduit for information between those councils and the CoSM.
– Listens to the suggestions and concerns of the Congregation and brings them to the CoSM for action or referral to the appropriate person or group.
III. TIME COMMITMENTS
– CoSm Meetings: about 2 hours per month
– Preparation for CoSM meetings: varies; usually about 1 hour; includes reading one chapter per month in the book that elected leadership is reading during the year
– Email discussions between CoSm meetings: 15 minutes per week
– Contacting assigned Council as liaison: 1/2-1 hour/quarter
– BVUUF Leadership Training opportunities: 2-3 days/year
– Attending Fellowship worship services and events to get a pulse of what is happening in the congregation: personal commitment varies
– Ad Hoc volunteering for special projects for the committee: varies by project
IV. DESIRED TRAITS/ATTRIBUTES
– Sense of Humor
– Flexibility (open-mindedness)
– Communication skills (especially listening and sharing)
– Working knowledge of GoogleDrive/Docs/Sheets (or willingness to learn)
– Interest in the big picture of the congregation and how all groups contribute
– Comfort exploring open-ended issues
– Willing to take a thoughtful approach to congregational questions and issues
– Upholds the confidence and trust of both the Minister and the Congregation