These notes were first published on this website in August 2015 and last updated in June 2021
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Most churches expect people to become Trustees / Deacons / PCC members or serve on some kind of committee without any training in how to do this well.
These notes are written for a new committee member, but should prove useful reading for all who serve on any church decision-making body. They advise:
The vital need for prayer whether it’s a Finance Sub-Committee or an Eldership.
Listen to others more than you speak and help form the group into a team.
See the possibilities of what God could do through this group.
Learn the art of asking the right questions for meetings and for yourself.
Help the meeting make clear decisions and take firm action.
Distribute copies of these notes to all your Council (or whatever) members. You may pass on the link to as many as you like or make up to 30 copies without further permission.
Here is the link to this item: TN88 - Advice to a new committee member.pdf
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These notes were updated in June 2021 with a few minor amendments to the text.