It’s Time to Nominate Plymouth Members to Our Boards!
For the first time this year, we will be conducting our nomination process completely virtually. Below is a link to a fillable PDF for you to nominate yourself or someone else to one of Plymouth’s boards. Read more about the contribution of each board below!
Please think about where you might be interested in serving and who else you think would be a great addition to one of our boards. Fill out a form for each person you’d like to nominate, including yourself, and send them to Diane Hayes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominations must be received by March 10, 2021. Click here to download a fillable PDF of the Board Nominations form.
Church Council & Board Responsibilities
Below are the responsibilities of our Church Council and Boards. If you would like to download a PDF of this information to print and read, click here.
Church Council: The voting members of the Church Council shall be the Moderator-Elect, the chair and vice chair of each board or an alternate appointed by said board, the President of Women’s Fellowship and one member at large, who is not a member of any board, elected annually by the Council at the May meeting. The Moderator shall vote in the event of a tie. The Program Staff of the Church shall be non-voting members. The council meets the fourth Tuesday of the month to conduct the business of the church between congregational meetings.
Benevolences: 12 members, 4 elected annually for a 3-year term
It shall be the duty of this board to: supervise, promote and interpret the benevolence activities of this Church; promote representation of Church members in decision-making bodies of the denominational and ecumenical agencies to which funds are given; and advise the Board of Trustees in the most effective use of benevolence resources by presenting a budget at the time designated by the Board of Trustees. The Board of Benevolences meets the first Monday of each month.
Christian Education: 15 members, 5 elected annually for a 3-year term
It shall be the duty of this board to: recruit, train and place the volunteer Christian Education staff; establish Christian Education curriculum and procure necessary material and equipment; establish and execute programs of activities for various groups of young people and adults; and have general supervision of those auxiliary education programs which serve the community and are sponsored by the Church. The Board of Christian Education meets the third Tuesday of each month.
Christian Social Action: 15 members, 5 elected annually for a 3-year term
It shall be the duty of this board to help the Church explore the relationship between the Christian faith and contemporary social issues by identifying issues, stimulating dialogue and inviting action. While the board may voice its opinion and take action upon any issue, in so doing it shall make clear that its opinion or action binds neither the Church nor any member of the Church. The Board of Christian Social Action meets on the first Tuesday of each month.
Christian Stewardship: 12 members, 4 elected annually for a 3-year term
It shall be the duty of this board to: assist all members and friends of Plymouth Church in understanding the principles of Christian stewardship; encourage all members and friends of the congregation in their growing commitment to the practices of Christian stewardship; develop an ongoing program to receive statements of intention (pledges) to provide financial support for the ministry and mission of the Church; review the manner in which persons fulfill their stated intentions, responding where deemed appropriate; and maintain a channel of communication with other boards and committees to assure an effective stewardship emphasis. The Board of Christian Stewardship meets the first Tuesday of each month.
Deacons: 30 members, 10 elected annually for a 3-year term
It shall be the duty of this board to assist the ministers in ministering to the spiritual interests of the Church and community. They shall, with the ministers, have charge of the religious activities of the Church, except as otherwise expressly provided in these Bylaws; assist in the preparation and administration of the sacraments, and in caring for the poor, the sick, the sorrowing and the stranger. They shall provide for the Church services in the absence of the ministers, and shall provide for the temporary supply of the pulpit, the compensation to be determined by the Board of Trustees. They shall receive the open collections; and shall appoint the ushers. The board shall appoint a liaison to the Board of Music and Fine Arts. The Deacons meet the second Tuesday of each month.
Membership: 12 members, 4 elected annually for a 3-year term
It shall be the duty of this board to: increase the membership of the Church in accordance with the purpose of the Church; instruct the prospective and new members regarding the Church and its organization, and integrate these new members into the life of the Church; report regularly all changes in membership to the Church Council; and make a complete review of the entire membership rolls at least once every two years. The Board of Membership meets on the second Tuesday of each month.
Music & Fine Arts: 12 members, 4 elected annually for a 3-year term
It shall be the duty of this board to: develop, organize, promote and evaluate a comprehensive program of music and arts to provide an integral contribution to the overall mission of the Church; provide music and art for the worship services of this Church; and foster spiritual growth and enrichment of the Plymouth membership through music and the arts. The Board of Music and Fine Arts meets the first Monday of each month.
Spiritual Growth: 9 members, 3 of whom shall be elected annually to serve a term of 3 years
It shall be the duty of this board to : develop, organize, promote and evaluate a comprehensive spiritual growth program that provides diverse opportunities for spiritual growth and development. The board shall appoint a liaison to the Board of Christian Education. The Board of Spiritual Growth meets the second Thursday of each month.
Trustees: 12 members, 3 elected annually for a 4-year term
It shall be the duty of this board to: have charge of the property of the Church and manage its financial, business and contractual affairs; establish compensation for all employees, based on the recommendation of the Personnel Committee; prepare and submit to the Church Council, for approval or amendment, a budget of the estimated revenues and expenses of the Church; provide for an annual review of the Church’s financial records; elect the treasurer of the Church, supervise matters pertaining to insurance; designate the depository for Church funds; and act on fundraising requests. This board shall appoint liaisons to the boards of Benevolences, Christian Education, Christian Stewardship, and Music and Fine Arts, and to the Personnel Committee; and may appoint liaisons to the other Boards and Committees as deemed appropriate. The Trustees meet on the third Tuesday of each month.