Many congregations have either a Committee on Ministry or a Ministerial Relations Committee to assist and work with the professional minister or ministers.
In theory, the Committee on Ministry focuses on all aspects of the congregation’s ministry, including professional leadership, music, social justice, religious education, pastoral care, and so on.
The Committee on Ministry tends to function as a vision or oversight group. The Ministerial Relations Committee tends to be an advocate for, and a support and guidance group to, the minister or ministers.
The focus of these groups generally is limited to professional ministers, rather than to the overall state of the congregation’s ministry. In practice, though, congregations often use the names interchangeably.
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