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 serve as Regional Connectors or appointed as denominational representatives.
  • The Moderator of the Ministry Team shall ordinarily be elected by the Ministry Team for a two-year term and shall preside at all Ministry Team meetings. The Moderator may be re-elected for a one or two year term.
  • A Vice Moderator of the Ministry Team shall ordinarily be elected annually by the Ministry Team, and shall preside in the absence of the Moderator. The Vice Moderator does not automatically succeed the Moderator upon the completion of the Moderator’s term.

III. MEETINGS & QUORUMS

  • The work of the Connecting Ministry Team is ongoing within the Connector’s respective region 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 placed in the appropriate designated file storage system folder within 30 days of each meeting. Additional recommendations, actions and other matters the Ministry Team deems appropriate shall be reported to the Coordinating Council.
  • Moderator is responsible for sending news and information to the Historian.

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

  • Connect people with one another and with APCE’s resources
  • Support the work of APCE to increase its diversity in race, ethnicity, age, gender, geographic and denominational members, as well as members who are in non-traditional and volunteer roles in the life of the church, and engage and equip a variety of individuals for leadership within our association.
  • Identify potential leaders and develop leadership competencies
  • Strengthen relationships across the association with the assistance of the Organizational Administrator.