Advocacy Ministry Team

I. PURPOSE

The Advocacy Ministry Team shall empower persons serving in the church’s educational ministry by lifting up the educator’s significant role in the life of the church, promoting standards for ministry, and interpreting APCE’s mission. Empowering educators and advocating for educational ministry is an ongoing and critical activity of APCE and its constituents.

II. MEMBERSHIP

  • The Advocacy Ministry Team shall consist of nine current members of APCE who will be selected by the Governance Ministry Team.
  • The term of the nine current members of APCE shall be in three rotating classes of three members per class, and shall serve for a maximum of two terms.
  • The Moderator of the Ministry Team shall be elected from within the Ministry Team and by the Ministry Team, and shall preside at all Ministry Team meetings.
  • A Vice Moderator of the Ministry Team shall also be elected from within the Ministry Team and by the Ministry Team, and shall preside in the absence of the Moderator.

III. MEETINGS & QUORUMS

  • The work of this Ministry Team is ongoing in order to accomplish its responsibilities.
    The Ministry Team shall meet on a regularly scheduled basis to include one face-to-face meeting in conjunction with the Annual Event. Additional meetings may be held by means whereby all persons participating in the meeting can hear and speak to one another.
  • A majority of the members of the Ministry Team shall constitute a quorum.
  • Minutes of all Ministry Team meetings will be maintained and submitted to the Secretary within 30 days of each meeting.
  • Additional recommendations, actions and other matters the Ministry Team deems appropriate shall be reported to the Coordinating Council.

IV. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Support the efforts of educators within partner denominations for status, rights, accountability, ability to hold office, access to support, and voice with vote.
  • Work through existing governing bodies’ structures to establish recognized and effective standards for church educators, lay or ordained, volunteer or paid.
  • In collaboration with the Communications and Resources Ministry Team curate or provide resources (written, recorded, streamed or other) which assist in educating local sessions/consistories, pastors, educators, personnel committees and congregants on just wages and hours, appropriate accountability, job descriptions, etc.
  • Consider and implement ways to interpret the importance of educational ministry and educators to denominational staff and governing bodies, presbytery/classis staff, and committees, pastors, and elders.
  • Initiate ongoing conversations about the future of Christian education and role of educators with denomination staff, regional governing bodies, and local groups of educators.
  • Support the building and ongoing formation of educator support networks.
  • Develop a mentor system to connect seasoned educators with newer educators.
  • Promote continued dialog and idea sharing about educational advocacy via social media and other avenues.
  • Maintain current interpretive written material to communicate with prospective members as well as with the church at large regarding the purpose, structure and services of APCE to be delivered electronically or in print.
  • Provide and maintain displays and interpretive materials for member denominational meetings of General Assemblies/General Synods, APCE Annual Events, and other events as requested.
  • Keep the total membership informed of all bills, overtures, and committee reports at the national/bi-national level of all member denominations that affect the work, status, or relationships for all church educators.
  • Working in collaboration with the President or the President’s representative, provide the channel through which APCE transmits its concerns and proposals to the denominational entities, General Assemblies/General Synods.
  • Advise APCE membership of existing counseling and career guidance opportunities.
  • With the appropriate accrediting body and the Awards and Scholarship Ministry Team, help plan recognition of newly certified/designated educators at the Annual Event.
  • In collaboration with the General Assembly’s Educator Certification Committee of the PC(USA), help plan for certification courses for the Annual Event and the General Assembly.
  • Recommend a Certified Educator as the APCE representative to the PC(USA) General Assembly’s Educator Certification Committee, preferably someone currently serving on the Coordinating Council or a Ministry Team of APCE.

V. OVERALL GOALS

  • Increase the number of educators who are certified or credentialed.
  • Develop an intentional mentoring program for new educators (those who have served fewer than four years)
  • Create a plan to develop consistent policies for fair treatment of educators within the denominations, including persons who are lay or clergy, volunteer or paid.