Upcoming By-Law Changes: How Would Your Life at Mission Peak Change?
The Strategic Planning Task Force has been working on creating a Leadership Development Committee and making adjustments to our governance structure. Both of these require changes to the Congregation's By-Laws which we will vote on at the upcoming annual meeting on June 5th.
The proposed By-Law changes are divided in to two different parts, the changes to create the Leadership Development Committee, and the changes to adjust the governance structure. The complete text of the proposed By-Laws are attached below with all changes highlighted and identified with a different text color. The Leadership Development changes are in red text and the governance changes are in blue text. There are also comments at the end of each section that explain why the changes in that section were made. The comments are in italics in the text color that corresponds to the reason for the change; note that these comments will not be in the final version of the By-Laws. We will be voting on the By-Law changes with 2 separate motions, one for Leadership Development and one for governance changes, prior to voting on the slate for the Board and Nominating/Leadership Development Committee positions. Below the text of the By-Laws is a proposed transition plan to move into the new governance structure as well as how people will get voted into the new positions in the By-Laws if the By-Law changes are approved.
To illustrate how these changes will affect you, we have provided some examples below:
If you are a member or friend of the Congregation the Leadership Development changes will mean that more leadership training will be available to you and there will be more outreach to you about ways that you can get involved in the Congregation, with the goal being to find a way for you to be involved that is meaningful for you. For example, if you really like working with children, we would want to find a way for you to do that at Mission Peak, or if you enjoy interacting with people, we would ask you to do that in some way. As a member or friend of the Congregation, the governance changes will mean that you will hear more about a Vision for Mission Peak and goals for the upcoming year or two that will help us live out our Mission and Vision.
If you are a committee member, in addition to the above, the Leadership Development changes will mean that you may be involved in discussions about succession planning for your committee and what you would need in order to be able to chair your committee in the future. As a committee member, the governance changes mean that you may be asked to attend one or more Council meetings as the representative from your committee (Council meetings are every other month). One purpose for the Council meetings is to facilitate communication between different committees and between the Board and committees. Your committee will also be asked to help meet the goals of the Congregation as set by the Board. The Council meetings will be the primary place where the congregational goals are discussed and actions to meet the goals are defined.
If you are a committee chair, in addition to the above, the Leadership Development changes will mean that you will participate in succession planning for your committee, and you may be involved in discussions about other leadership positions including what you would need in order to take on other leadership positions in the future. As a committee chair, the governance changes mean that you will be responsible for making sure that someone from your committee attends Council meetings and that your committee follows through on actions that your committee will take to support the goals of the Congregation.
The Strategic Planning Task Force has solicited input on the By-Law changes from the Board and we welcome comments and suggestions from everyone in the Congregation. If you would like to discuss any part of the By-Law changes, from specific wording to intent, Melissa Holmes will be available after the Service this Sunday, 5/22, to take your feedback. You can also contact Melissa via email or phone at any time to discuss the By-Law changes.
Please plan to attend the Annual Congregational Meeting on June 5 for these important votes!