Governance and Ministry Teams

 


Governance:

Co-Moderators (serving two year staggered terms):

The moderators preside at all business meetings of the Church and the Church Council.

Clerk:

The Clerk keeps full and accurate records of all meetings of the Church and the Church Council.

Treasurer:

The Treasurer oversees the financial affairs of the Church, makes reports on all receipts and disbursements, and the condition of all Church funds.

The Church Council:

Is chaired by the Moderators and meets on the first Wednesday of the month to confer on the general work of the Church.

Trustees:

According to the trust agreement recorded in the Middlesex South Registry of Deeds on March 22, 1909, the property of the Union Church in Waban is held by three trustees. It is the responsibility of the trustees to see that the property is maintained but also that the church is maintained as a ‘union” church — an interdenominational church not solely part of any one denomination.


Standing Teams:

Christian Education:

Develops and nurtures children’s and youths’ education and programming with the Director of Youth and Children’s ministries.

Deacons:

Support the spiritual work of the church; assist the Pastor; prepare the sanctuary for all services including communion and special services; and are aware of and lead member outreach including all issues of Care and Concern.

Human Resources:

Support issues relating to staff.

Internet Communications:

Assesses, refines and manages the church web site in order to attract new members to the congregation. Helps create useful online services for our community such as a member directory and recorded sermons.

Mission / Outreach:

Responsible for the promotion of a general interest in the mission and benevolence programs of the church. Seeks out ways in which our Christian faith and Biblical heritage apply to concerns of our society locally, nationally, and intergenerationally, and develops programs for education, discussion and action for church participation. Includes outreach to Zambia and two local initiative outreaches — the Russell School in Boston and a 1K Church initiative.

Nicaraguan Outreach:

Shares in the experience of our past trip as well as nurtures our on-going relationship and mission work in Nicaragua.

Pastoral Relations:

Assists in fostering a healthy relationship between the Pastor and the congregation in order to enhance the effectiveness of the church’s mission

Building:

Helps preserve and protect our beautiful sanctuary, buildings, and grounds; prioritizes repairs; promotes “green” conservation decisions; and determines priorities for our outside areas.

Stewardship/Finance:

Manages and invests the funds of the church; leads the solicitation of funds for the support of the church; and with the Treasurer prepares budget for submission to the annual meeting of the church.

Teaching Parish:

Meets monthly with student intern to support and enhance his/her ministerial learning.

Worship Team:

Consists of representatives from the Board of Deacons, the music program and christian education, the music director and pastor, and others at large from the congregation to craft meaningful and inclusive worship.