Connecting Ministry Team

I. PURPOSE

The Connecting Ministry Team shall:

  • Connect persons serving in the field of Christian faith formation
  • Enrich and build up the body by seeking diverse and gifted people dedicated to faith formation – volunteer and professional; educators, pastors, seminary students and church spiritual leaders
  • Empower and encourage those working or volunteering in the field to open source and share best practices with others dedicated to faith formation in the church
  • Sustain interest, passion, and focus of those involved in Christian faith formation

II. MEMBERSHIP

  • The Connecting Ministry Team shall consist of current members of APCE who are elected to represent geographic regions or multicultural groups and appointed as denominational representatives.
  • The Moderator of the Ministry Team shall be the President-elect who shall preside at all Ministry Team meetings.
  • A Vice Moderator of the Ministry Team shall 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 the Connecting Ministry Team is ongoing within the Representative’s respective region/multicultural group in accordance with the Bylaws.
  • The Ministry Team shall meet 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 OF REGIONAL AND MULTICULTURAL REPRESENTATIVES

  • Promote, interpret, and support the purpose of APCE throughout the region to church educators, pastors, and churches via regional or multicultural events, written and electronic communication methods.
  • Encourage belonging through idea sharing, networking, relationship building and paying dues as a way to support the educational ministry of the Church of Jesus Christ.
  • Assist and encourage the educational ministry of those involved in faith formation to include presbyteries/cassis, synods, and other church governing bodies.
  • Receive regional/multicultural rebates from APCE and ensure they are sued for those engaged in educational minister within the region/multicultural group.
  • Submit written annual reports on regional/multicultural activities and concerns to the Governance Ministry Team by September 1.
  • Submit an annual financial statement for the region/multicultural group to the Treasurer by the Annual Event.
  • Send regional/multicultural information to the APCE Historian
    Maintain a current list of educators in the region/multicultural group.
  • Pending completion of term, ensure election of a new representative and introduce the newly elected representative at the Connecting Ministry Team Meeting at the Annual Event.
  • Acknowledge new Certified Christian Educators and Christian Education Assistants in the region/multicultural group.
  • Solicit nominations for awards and scholarships and choose recipients of regional/multicultural scholarships.
  • Encourage development of cooperative programming with educator groups of other denominations.

V. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES OF DENOMINATIONAL REPRESENTATIVES

  • Refer to the Covenants and Missional Partner Relationships and Agreements as outlined in APCE Operational Guidelines

VI. OVERALL GOALS

  • Increase diversity in race, ethnicity, age, gender, geographic and denominational representation.
  • Engage younger members.
    Identify potential leaders and develop leadership competencies.
  • Measure performances and commitment.
  • Strengthen relationships across the organization.