If one of these areas of ministry interests you, please contact Pastor Clare to learn more (firstname.lastname@example.org)
How we organize shared leadership of our ministries
2021-2022 Experimental Teams (could become ongoing teams)
Adult Faith Formation Team
Engages the spiritual and intellectual gifts of our members and people in the wider community, challenging us to go deeper together in our faith journeys and spiritual formation. Weekly co-hosts with our pastor “Faith Conversations: a Hybrid Bible Study.” Bimonthly co-hosts Stillwater Area Theological Discussion Group.
Building & Grounds Team
Tracks the maintenance needs of our building, church lawn, and People’s Park. This team prioritizes needs, organizes hands-on workdays, and recommends necessary expenditures to the Leadership Team.
Children’s Ministry Team
Offers a Children’s Activity concurrent with the latter part of our Sunday morning worship service. Seeks to nurture a sense of belovedness and connection to God and this faith community among our member children, active grandchildren and visiting children!
Justice & Outreach Team
Supports the congregation in social justice advocacy and direct action, with a focus on developing strong relationships with and amplifying the work of kindred partner organizations in the St. Croix Valley. Key areas of concern intersect and include environmental/climate justice, identity justice (antiracism*, LGBTQ+ inclusion), and economic justice (income, home and food security).
*In 2021-2022, we are particularly focused on supporting the work of PCC’s Antiracism Collective.
Spiritual Life Team
Supports the coordination of meaningful, inclusive, beautiful weekly Sunday worship services; balancing tradition with innovation. Invites personal and collective spiritual growth opportunities in sacred indoor and outdoor spaces.
Manages the live stream and recording of weekly Sunday morning worship.
Fosters promotion of our church in the wider community, encourages us as we invite and welcome visitors, supports weekly after-worship fellowship, creates occasional large group social events, offers People's Book Club and other small groups for deepening relationships, and organizes ongoing attention to people's wellbeing and connectedness within our congregation.
Tracks vacancies on standing committees and teams, knows what each committee or team does, finds qualified people to fill positions, and supports healthy rotation on committees and teams. Helps church members find ways to serve on a committee or team, be a regular volunteer in a particular ministry, or participate in one-time opportunities.
Harvest Festival Team
Plans and executes our vital annual fall Harvest Festival fundraiser and friend-raiser.
May Festival Team
Plans and executes our vital annual spring May Festival fundraiser and friend-raiser.
Task Forces (purposefully time-limited at their inception)
Antiracism Collective (2021-2022)
Between June 2021-June 2022, People’s Antiracism Collective will engage our members and friends as we embark on a year of congregational examination, exploration and education on antiracist attitudes and behaviors that could lead to transforming our church identity.
Reopening Task Force (begun in 2020, during pandemic)
During the phases of COVID-19 and with the guidelines from the CDC and MN Stay Safe Plan this team produced recommendations, protocols, and procedures for reopening the sanctuary for indoor worship. All are approved by the leadership team prior to implementation.
Leadership Team and Standing Committees
(established in the church’s bylaws)
Leadership Team, 2021 (3-year terms)
Serves the mission and purpose of the church; provides a welcoming forum to which members can come with ideas and concerns; encourages members to participate in the work of the church, leads and engages the congregation in developing short- and long-range plans and budgets and in obtaining necessary resources; oversees the assets and temporal matters of the church and assists in resolution of disputes that may face the church from time-to-time; synthesizes church priorities and selects major goals and plans and corresponding budgets for discussion and approval at the Annual Meeting; approves all policies and procedures for church governance, management of daily operations, oversight, and evaluation; nominates a slate of officers and Leadership Team members for election at the annual Planning, Budget, and Election Meeting.
Meets monthly with the Treasurer to advise and assist them in their duties. Inspires financial generosity to support our ministries.
Pastoral Relations Committee
Supports good relations between the Pastor and the members of the Church by acting as an advisor to the Pastor and as a communications vehicle for the Pastor and the members to share concerns and resolve conflicts.
In collaboration with the Leadership Team and the Pastor, shoulders responsibility for management of the employed personnel of the Church, including recruitment, maintenance of an employee handbook, job descriptions, annual performance reviews, compensation and issues involving working conditions or conflicts.