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Pastor as Ex-Officio

Discussion in 'Pastoral Ministries' started by dh1948, Sep 15, 2008.

  1. dh1948

    dh1948 Member

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    Does your pastor serve as an ex-officio member of all the church's committees/teams? If so, what is his role as an ex-officio? Does he have a vote on the committees/teams?
     
  2. Thinkingstuff

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    No. he doesn't. And he does vote on the committees he is a part of. However, use of latin may be a little Romanish for this site.
     
  3. Jim1999

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    I considered ex-officio member of all church committees my role throughout my ministerial life. I did not vote on any matter, but did offer my advice and any scriptural support or denial that was needed at the time.

    Aside from the scriptural teaching about the church, I considered the local church as "belonging" to the people and I was just the pastor and in passing. It was my job to preach, teach and provide spiritual leadership and not to take over as dictator of "their" organization called the local church.

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
  4. Squire Robertsson

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    In short as bishop\overseer, yes, he's an exofficio member of all committees in that if he can attend any meeting without an invitation from the committee. As for his conduct during the meeting, the committee was established to relieve him of work. me, I'd stay away unless there was a need for me to be there.

    Personally, I favor a church being organized for ministry not decision making. In other words, committes should exist to work not to simply make decisions. Most should be ad hoc or temporary in nature.
     
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  5. SaggyWoman

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    I agree in totality.
     
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    i am an ex-officio member of all committees, and seeing how i tend to despise committee meetings i also tend to avoid them when ever possible. The one exception is the monthly deacon's meeting, but i would be willing to skip that one too if given the chance. I'm also not a fan of the committee structure in church polity, but that is probably for another string.
    When i do attend meetings i will offer advice, give suggestions, but will not vote.
     
  7. Crabtownboy

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    Are you familiar with the Quaker way of making decisions? They must reach a consensus. A majority vote will not suffice.

    http://www.earlham.edu/~consense/howwks.shtml
     
  8. Squire Robertsson

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    No, but then when a group is formed to carry out a specific ministry votes are not the focus.
     
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