Mutual Ministry: The term “mutual ministry” recognizes that the Church’s ministry is the mutual concern of both the laity and the pastor. It evaluates goals for the congregation, makes recommendations to the council, other committees for ways that goals can be met. It is a place for dialogue about perceptions and concerns within the Congregation. It is NOT a complaint committee. It serves as a source of support for the pastor and other church leaders in times of personal or professional stress. It supports the pastor’s need for spiritual self-care, compensation, maternity-paternity leave, sabbaticals and continuing education. It is alert to early warning signs of misunderstanding within the congregation. The pastor and council president appoint members jointly, with 3-6 members and it is a cross section of the congregation.
Andy Sweger, Mutual Ministry Committee