Given the uncertainties and opportunities presented by the pandemic, the Grace Covenant Session believes the best model for ministry at this time is one that emphasizes collaboration, flexibility, and clearly identified roles and responsibilities.
In place of a pastor-centered staffing model, the Session has adopted one centered on the Spirit’s ability to work in and through the unique skills and talents of both the staff and congregation. As the Apostle Paul writes in the his letter to the church in Corinth:
There are a variety of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
(1 Corinthians 12:4-7)
A staffing model centered on this understanding will enable the church to profess, in both word and deed, its commitment to be one body of Christ, composed of diverse individuals bound together by the Spirit.
The new staffing model will be composed of the following positions:
· Pastor, Head of Staff (35 hours a week)
· Director of Music and Organist (40 hours a week)
· Director of Administration and Communication (35 hours a week)
· Pastor for Discipleship (15 hours a week)
· Family Ministries Coordinator (10 hours a week)
The most significant change in this model is the hiring of a covenant pastor whose responsibilities will be focused on the more traditional pastoral duties: moderating the Session, supervising the staff, preaching the gospel, and offering pastoral care to all. Focusing the pastor’s responsibilities in these areas will not only provide a clarity of purpose, it will also empower the staff, who possess skills in the areas of administration, discipleship, music, and mission, to take greater responsibility for these areas of church life.
HIRING COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
Carlton Boisseau, Elder
Lisa Cardwell, Member
Matt Chriss, Member, Secretary
Cheryl Jacobs, Elder
Tom Miller, Member
Anne Randolph Reveley, Member
Warren Zirkle, Elder, Moderator
REVISED GOVERNANCE MODEL
To support this staffing model the Session voted unanimously to streamline the church’s governance structures to better align them with the congregation’s size and ministry capacity. In the new governance model, each committee will be served by designated staff members and three active elders, ensuring ministries are moderated by lay leaders and supported by staff.
PURPOSES OF NEW COMMITTEES
Discipleship: Ensuring the training of grateful disciples of Christ by providing faith formation opportunities for all ages grounded in both service and scripture, integrating learning and living the faith. Current and future mission partnerships will also be stewarded by this committee. The committee will be staffed by the Pastor for Discipleship and the Family Ministry Coordinator.
Administration: Stewarding the budget and the building in support of the mission and ministries of the church. The committee will be staffed by the new Director of Administration and Communication.
Worship/Music: Ensuring and supporting the faithful and joyful worship of God, in addition to offering support for special worship services, musical concerts, weddings, and funerals. The committee will be staffed by the Pastor and Music Director.
The deacons will continue to offer a ministry of compassion to both members and visitors. This ministry will be expanded through the formation of Deacon Circles, with each deacon assigned a group of families with whom they will keep in regular contact to offer support and prayer. The deacons will also coordinate the Wednesday Night Suppers and oversee the current compassion ministries of the church. The Diaconate will be staffed by the Pastor and the Pastor for Discipleship.