Governance

Governance Board/Ministry Team Model of Church Governance Adopted on an On-Going Basis by Congregation, November 30, 2014 to provide the best opportunities for continued vitality and viability for congregational life.

Governance Board/Ministry Team Model of Church Governance Approved for Two-Year Trial Period – A culmination of Project ReConnect discussions (2010), the Visioning and Implementation Committee’s work and report (2011), the Oversight Visit and Report from Belleville Presbytery (2011), the Governance Review Committee’s recommendation and the congregation’s approval (Oct. 28, 2012) has resulted in the establishment of a new governing and operating structure of congregational organization for Bridge Street Church (for a two-year trial period), effective January 27, 2013.  This style of governing and operating the church will establish clarity with respect to roles, authority and responsibility and make the most effective and efficient use of our collective time and energy.  The following is a brief description of this new model:

Governance BoardThe Governance Board is a unified structure for establishing policies and making governance decisions, i.e., decisions concerning the end results of the ministry activities.  The Governance Board governs, but does not manage. The Governance Board is accountable for ensuring that the mission of the church is accomplished; however, it does not manage the activities that bring this about.  The Governance Board achieves those purposes, a) through creating policies to establish the practical ends of the BSUC mission (including the delegation of responsibility and authority), and b) by monitoring performance of itself and of the Ministry Team component (through accountability against pre-established standards).

MinistryMinistry is everything else, the daily practical work of the congregation, including the rest of the decisions that must be made about what to do and how. Ministry includes anyone who is part of the chain of practical activities that constitute the congregation’s work; ordained and lay, paid and unpaid, program and administration.  “Ministry Teams” will produce practical results (worship teams, educational ministries, outreach, service, social-action teams, hospitality and caring teams, choirs and/or music teams, building maintenance teams, internal and external communications, etc.).  The Lead Minister will be responsible for controlling and completing the Ministry work of the church, within explicit constraints established by the Governance Board.  The Lead Minister is identified as the church’s “spiritual, programmatic and administrative” leader.

In this new model, whether you are involved in ministry work, governing work, or periodic discernment, you will have the opportunity to experience empowerment and fulfillment in the life of your church, both locally and in the wider church as a whole.  Please consider where you could best help.