Congregational Workings



Parish Committee Member Job Description

Desired Qualifications

All Parish Committee (ParCom) members are required by the First Parish by-laws to be members of First Parish. In addition, ParCom members should be those who have:

  • Made a financial contribution of record, of any amount, to First Parish
  • A belief in the mission of First Parish
  • Demonstrated leadership within First Parish, such as serving on a committee or large project; experience with a variety of jobs with various different groups especially helpful
  • An interest in policy0making and big picture thinking
  • The willingness to take positions on controversial issues
  • Good working relationships with other church members
  • Good communication skills

Parish Committee seeks to have a variety of skills within its body, including but not limited to legal, financial, business, group dynamics, spiritual leadership, social justice, music, and religious education.

Expectations of ParCom Members

  • Dedication to First Parish as a major volunteer commitment; ability and energy to dedicate some hours each month to projects, communications, and meetings
  • Willingness to understand the legal responsibility of the Parish Committee, and of the various duties of the committee, including budget and employee oversight
  • Attendance at monthly meetings, held on second Tuesdays at 7 pm
  • Service on a working group of ParCom, meeting approximately once a month, or as needed
  • Regular attendance at Sunday Service
  • Prompt communication with other ParCom members, by e-mail, phone, or in person
  • Willingness to step in to serve in case of emergency needs (such as filling a volunteer position)
  • Follow through on commitments
  • Maintain conduct becoming a leader in the community, and in compliance with the ParCom covenant:

—Drafted by the Parish Committee February 12, 2013


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