The Church Council is the primary governing body of Gordon United Church. It meets monthly to develop policies and plans that are implemented by various committees and groups of the congregation. An 2019 Structure Chart – April organizational chart shows the connection between the various committees. The United Church Manual outlines membership and responsibilities. They hold an Annual General Meeting yearly and distribute the Annual Report The Models of Board Governance Manual (which replaces the Congregational Organization Handbook) outlines various models of Organization within the United Church.
Members of the Council include the Minister, Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and the chair of the following Committees:
- Communications Liaison
- Ministry and Personnel Team
- Pastoral Care Team
- Presbytery Representative
- Property and Finance Team
- Spiritual Leadership Team
- Stewardship Team
- Others in leadership positions such as representatives from the Women’s groups.
- The Communication liaison keeps the congregation and community informed of the life and work of Gordon United Church and the United Church of Canada.
The Ministry and Personnel (M&P) Committee are responsible for supporting, overseeing, and supervising ministry personnel.
Key documents include:
- The Presbytery representative represents Gordon United Church at Victoria Presbytery as a voting member.
This Committee supervises the uses of the church property, meeting monthly throughout the year. They look after the following:
- Arrange rentals.
- Receive and disburse monies in accordance with an approved budget.
- Regularly educate the congregation as to the financial health of the church.
Resources useful for this team:
Financial Handbook for congregations
Local Administration (information on budgeting, CRA compliance, insurance and congregational finance.)
Charities Video Gallery This is a series of videos and transcripts with charities-related information.
This team is a conduit of information from Council to all Groups who are involved in the spiritual nurture and education of the congregation and vice versa. This includes the Outreach and Service Committee, Christian Formation Committee, Caring and Connecting Committee and Music.
Organizes, develops, and implements a year-round ongoing stewardship program within the congregation. Stewardship can be defined as having the responsibility to encourage all of our Church Family to share their time, money, talents, wisdom and friendship with not only the congregation but the wider society.
Useful resources for the Stewardship Team
Stewardship Toolkit This provides stewardship best practices.
- Trustees oversee Gordon United Church’s legal obligations to the community and to the United Church of Canada. This includes insurance and property issues. Key documents include the Trustees Handbook.