Important Changes to Cary Presbyterian Church's Governing Body, Ministry Areas and Bylaws
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As a matter of information for the congregation, the following article was written for the upcoming February issue of The Link:
At a special meeting on January 15, the session considered the proposals of the Organizational Structure Task Force and, with the full support of the deacons and the pastors, made several important decisions:
The session had previously adopted the institution of the Equipping Ministry, which is being formed and led by Belinda Weinbrecht and Jerry Slaymaker, and the creation each year of a “discernment committee” to meet, pray and consider some of the major issues facing our congregation. The discernment committee reports to session and consists of the pastors and the five members elected by the officers: Jeanne Bolick, Gary Govert, Wayne Honeycutt, Cindy Leslie and Scott Peoples. The reasoning for these changes has been explained in detail in the report of the task force, in previous issues of The Link and at congregational meetings this past fall. We can only summarize the reasoning here. The reasons for the move to the unicameral system are:
The new system was built on some of the principles set out in the Noah Report. The session wants to more fully engage all members of our congregation by extending invitations to serve, encouraging participation and equipping those who do answer the call. Streamlining leadership and means of communication will also help avoid the “80-20” rule where 20% of the group does 80% of the work. Having elders serve as liaisons to ministry areas and teams (which, in many cases, will have lay chairs instead of elder chairs) will help to spread out the work and lessen our burnout factor for elders. Its success will depend in large part on the willingness of our congregational membership to step up and participate.The session believes that these changes will create many more opportunities and are necessary steps to creating the community of faith envisioned in the Noah Report – one full of energy, excitement, outreach and compassion, and one constantly seeking God’s guidance in our individual lives and corporate community.
Should you have any questions or comments about this new system or these changes, feel free to contact any member of the Organizational Structure Task Force: Sally Goettel (chair), Francis Giesbrecht, Gary Govert, Sue Harley, Rod Morton, Jerry Slaymaker, Tom Stuart, Belinda Weinbrecht.