Pastoral Relations Committee

Pastoral Relations Committee

The Pastoral Relations Committee has begun to meet again, since pre-Covid.

The Pastoral Relations Committee is a standing committee in our congregation, with the purpose of supporting a healthy relationship between Michael and our congregants to enhance the effectiveness of Old First’s ministry. We serve in two primary ways:

  • as an advisory group to the pastor: sharing ideas, dreams, expectations, and concerns of the congregation with the pastor;
  • as a support group for the pastor’s leadership: interpreting roles, functions, boundaries, opportunities, and needs of the pastor to the congregation.

The goal of a Pastoral Relations Committee is to promote faithful, shared ministry between the pastor and the congregation.

The committee works in a context of confidentiality, support, care, and honesty with the pastor, while promoting healthy communication in the congregation as a whole. A Pastoral Relations Committee is an appropriate and confidential place for the pastor to test possible goals for the congregation’s life, to receive support for their professional development, to reflect on their overall well-being in ministry, to listen to feedback and strategize potential responses. This committee also provides a means for the congregation to express its care for the pastor by advocating for appropriate compensation and encouraging times for relaxation, exercise, vacation, spiritual development, and personal relationships outside of the congregation.

The committee intends to me quarterly understanding that a meeting can be called at any time on an as needed basis. The committee members include:

Jane Styer-Acevedo, Chairperson
Dan Rothermel
Greta Stewart
Ron Rising
Ariel Rose

You should feel free to contact any member of the committee with a concern or
comment by contacting the office to request the contact information of any committee

Looking forward to supporting Michael and the congregation through the coming year.

Jane Styer-Acevedo, Chairperson