Our Constitution states:
“The COM is responsible to the Congregation for ensuring that the Congregation, in its programs and ministries, is fulfilling its Mission and Vision. The COM shall, at a minimum, annually give their assessment of the effectiveness of the Congregation’s ministry. It shall provide consultation, education, conflict management, and assessment to the leaders and members of the Congregation on an ongoing basis.”
Here at the Unitarian Church in Westport, the COM has 5 members, each serving a 5 year term. Members are nominated by the Nominating Committee, approved by the professional staff and BOT, and elected by the voting members of the congregation.
The COM actively attends to and reflects upon the overall health of the congregation in the context of our Mission to Inspire, Connect and Act. In this role, it supports both congregational governance (led by the BOT) and ministry (led by the minister). The Committee actively monitors areas of conflict in the community and supports peaceful resolution.
The Committee on Ministries (COM) meets regularly throughout the year. At each year’s Annual Meeting, it reports on the effectiveness of the Congregation’s ministries.