In the spring of 2010, our congregation voted to try out, for 18 months, a new governance structure, temporarily suspending some of the stipulations of our constitution.
It is now time for us to see how this new structure is working and to make changes to the constitution, if necessary. Therefore, at its Sept 17 meeting, the Church Council approved the following language and is calling a congregational meeting for Sunday, October 21, 2012, right after worship, to vote on a motion to appoint a three person task force to review our progress and propose any needed changes to the constitution by May 15, 2013:
Whereas the congregation of Union Church approved an “alternative Board and General Committee structure and composition” to be implemented for eighteen months beginning on April 4, 2010, and
Whereas the congregation further committed itself to evaluate this alternative structure and composition in the fall of 2012,
Therefore, be it resolved that the congregation of Union Church instructs the Church Council to appoint a task force whose purpose shall be to evaluate the alternative board structure and modify the church’s constitution as necessary in order to establish an appropriate system of governance for the church and to make other changes necessitated by new circumstances or the needs for more effective ministry,
and further that this task force be composed of no more than three church members who are familiar with the current church governance structure,
and further that this task force offer ample opportunities for the input of the congregation as well as all board members,
and finally that this task force bring a revised version of the constitution to the congregation for a vote on May 15, 2013 at 7:00 PM, said version to have been distributed with ample time beforehand for members to examine it and offer suggestions and comments.