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Pastoral Relations Committee

I.  General
The PRC exists to make sure that clear communication is occurring between the pastor and congregation.  This is not a “review” so much as it is an opportunity for frank discussion about the mutual relationship between pastor and congregation. 

As such, the members of the PRC are usually the members of the executive committee of the church: chair, vice-chair, secretary, treasurer, and financial secretary.

The meetings should be marked by a desire to communicate with friendliness and frankness.  Each participant should realize the confidential nature of the meeting.  Dialogue should refer to facts and reality as opposed to feelings and perceptions.

Typically, the PRC should meet with the pastor at least annually, and preferably semi-annually.

II.  Committee Responsibilities
    A. To assure mutual understanding in church-pastor relationships the committee shall:
          1. Share concerns the pastor may have regarding the welfare of the church and his/her own welfare.
          2. Share concerns of the congregation for the welfare of the pastor and the church.

    B. Give guidance and counsel in the following areas:
          1. Pastoral opportunities to serve the denomination, the conference, ministerial associations, chaplaincies, secular associations, etc.
          2. Concerns of the congregation for possible change of pastors.  It is understood that when the concern arises, it is to be shared with the conference superintendent.

    C. Because of its experiences in dealing with church-pastor relationships, this committee should become the nucleus of the Pastoral Search Committee when the church is seeking a new minister.

    D. Suggested agenda for the PRC:
          1. Call to order by the chair.
          2. Time of prayer with participation by all.
          3. The pastor views the church:
                  i.  Its response to their leadership—to goals, to opportunities for additional ministries, etc.
                  ii. It’s response to the pastor’s needs—salary, housing, business expenses, time with family, etc.
          4. The congregation views the pastoral leadership.
                  i.  The services of the church, conduct of worship, preaching, teaching, etc.
                  ii.  Pastoral functions: calling, counseling, etc.
                  iii.  The administrative work of the church.
                  iv.  The church’s outreach.
          5. Review and assessment of goals previously set.
          6. Looking to the future:
                  i.  The pastor shares plans and goals
                  ii.  The churches expresses it’s hopes and goals
                  iii.  Goals adopted by pastor and PRC
          7. Date of next meeting
          8. Closing Prayer

 

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