Ministry and Task Teams: Fitting into the Vision

Published on: January 8, 2015

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Engagement can be defined as a relationship between an organization and its stakeholders that ensures each party is receiving significant benefits.

Some of the ways we are seeking to engage you, our members, is to provide opportunities for you to share your passions, gifts and talents in ways that bring us together, strengthen our organization and build connections. It is through this collaboration that we are able to gather information, ideas, and projects that have already proven to be successful and engaging. We are then able to cycle the information, ideas and projects back out to the field so that all can benefit.

Our ministry teams and task teams are just a few of the ways you can get involved and have an impact, all the while doing what you love to do.

Ministry Teams

Ministry teams have a long history as part of the operation of Unity Worldwide Ministries (UWM). These teams perform many essential functions and work in conjunction with Unity Worldwide Ministries’ staff. Each team has a board liaison who reports the work completed by the ministry teams to the full board. Our history also includes gathering together once or twice a year, spending time working with staff in order to create recommendations that are then submitted to the board.

Some of our long-standing teams follow this or a similar pattern because that is the nature of the work that they are to do. There are specific functions to attend to, so having ongoing meetings throughout the year is not always necessary. The teams are:

  • Admissions
  • Awards Team
  • Benefits
  • Budget & Finance (Meets monthly)
  • Credentialing
  • Convention (Meets monthly)
  • Ethics Review System (Meets monthly)
  • Expansion (Meets monthly)
  • Field Licensing
  • Licensing & Ordination
  • Leadership Recruitment Development Team (LRDT)
  • Standards (Meets monthly)

Recently an additional type of ministry team structure has emerged. These teams have arisen out of either a specific desire and/or passion from members of the field or to support staff in ongoing or new initiatives. The new structure includes meeting onsite once or twice a year, but the majority of the work is done through electronic means on an as-needed basis.

As each new team forms, the board sets the purpose of the team and the team members have the freedom to decide how the team will function. Many times the outcome of the work on this type of team is to search out and gather information and/or create resources that benefit all. As the team progresses, recommendations are made to the board for consideration. Once its purpose is accomplished, the team dissolves.

The guidelines for all teams are:

  • Collaborate as a team using the spiritual principles taught by Unity.
  • During discussions and decision-making, any member may request time for prayer about the issue. Upon request, the chair will provide a period of prayer and silence.
  • Support UWM’s Vision, Mission and Strategic Plan.
  • If funding for a project is needed, it must fit into the current budget or plans must be created on how the money will be raised, again working in conjunction with UWM and the strategic plan.
  • Create a system of commitment and be responsive to that team commitment.

The new teams include:

  • Chaplain Ministry: Supporting ministers
  • EarthCare: Supporting the Earth
  • Health and Wholeness: Supporting self-care
  • International Connections: Supporting non-US ministries
  • Music Ministry: Providing music resources
  • Prosperity: Increasing prosperity
  • Visionary Spiritual Education: Supporting multigenerational ministry

We also have teams that are just now beginning to form and are awaiting team members who feel called to support the main function of the team. These teams are:

  • Future Trends
  • Grant Writing
  • Spiritually Inspired Service
  • Technology and Marketing

For more information on our Ministry Teams, visit our website.

Task Teams

Task teams are another way you can have a significant impact on the functioning of our association. Task teams were created to serve a specific purpose. They come to be as a need arises and recede when the need is fulfilled. Our most recent task teams have been created to answer questions brought to our attention by the field and/or to do some of the exploratory work required by some of the vision intentions and goals. (You may want to refer to our Vision Organization PowerPoint.)

They are:

  • Core Values     (Intention 2, Goal 1)puzzleBLANKIS5926682pieces
  • Unity Theology     (Intention 2, Goal 2, Bullet 2)
  • Bylaws Reorganization     (Intention 2, Goal 3, Bullet 1)
  • Regional Relationships     (Intention 2, Goal 3, Bullet 2)
  • LUT Voting Privileges     (Intention 2, Goal 3, Bullet 4)
  • Electronic, Proxy Voting    (Intention2, Goal 3, Bullet 4)
  • H.U.G. Fund     (Intention 3, Goal 4)
  • Development Department     (Intention 3, Goal 5)
  • International Advisory Council     (Intention 4, Goal 2)
  • Interfaith Best Practices     (Intention 4, Goal 3)

For more information on our Task Teams, visit our website.

Serving on a ministry team is your opportunity to use your expertise in ways that benefit all. It is an opportunity to let your voice be heard and it is an opportunity for us to come together to Unity.

Diane Venzera
Rev Diane Venzera is Chair Emeritus of UWM's Board of Trustees. She serves as youth minister for Unity Northwest Church, Des Plaines, Ill., and as youth ministry training director for the Great Lakes Region. She is a writer of Living Curriculum lessons and products for Unity youth ministry programs.

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