Shared Leadership in Seekers: Who’s In Charge Around Here?

In Seekers Church, leadership and authority are distributed among many individuals. Many of the functions usually performed by “clergy” or “staff” are carried out by Stewards, the Servant Leadership Team, mission groups, other small groups, or individual volunteers.

Below is information on the individuals and groups who are responsible for different aspects of our life together.

Stewards

The Stewards of Seekers Church take responsibility for the life of the whole community. They share a common commitment and are the church’s decision-making body. Any member of Seekers who feels called can become a Steward. The process involves about two years of study and conscious preparation. The current list of Stewards can be found in the Seekers directory. If you are interested, see any of the current Stewards for more information.

Servant Leadership Team

Since our beginning as a separate congregation, Seekers Church has called forth from its membership individuals who serve as vision keepers, coordinators, and support staff for the community. We call this group the “Servant Leadership Team” or SLT. The SLT serves on a regular, part-time basis, and are paid a stipend by Seekers Church. Click here to contact SLT. The current team members are:

Finances

FOG is the acronym of the Financial Oversight Group, which focuses on all aspects of Seekers’ finances. FOG puts together a proposed budget each year and periodically reports on implementation of the budget, once it has been approved by Stewards. FOG also supervises and supports the Treasurer and Bookkeeper, both of whom are members of FOG.

Bookkeeping

While FOG sets policy, Seekers’ bookkeeper takes care of all the practical aspects of Seekers’ finances, making deposits from weekly and online donations, paying out bills, reimbursing appropriate expenses incurred by members, and making contributions to the many organizations and groups that Seekers supports. The bookkeeper also keeps all bank accounts and accounting records in order and generates reports as needed.

Who to Ask

To see current members of each group below, see the Seekers directory. Click on the name of the appropriate group for more information.

Activity

Group

Contact

SUNDAY WORSHIP

  
Leading circle time and service, writing liturgy, scheduling preachersCelebration Circle Mission GroupDeborah
Prayer for Peace and JusticeEyes to See, Ears to Hear, Peace Prayer Mission GroupTrish
Two-Minute StoryOutreach Mission GroupKeith
MusicMusic groupGlen Y and Liz
Electronic sermon recordingsCelebration Circle Mission GroupDeborah
Sunday schoolSunday School TeamJudy
Children’s wordSunday School TeamDavid L

COMMUNITY LIFE

  
School for Christian GrowthLearners and Teachers Mission GroupDavid L
Welcoming visitors/community connectionsOutreach Mission GroupKeith
Support for elderly members at SeekersLiving Water Mission GroupNancy
Community Men’s BreakfastMen’s Breakfast CoordinatorGlen Y.
Carroll CaféCarroll Café TeamSandra
Interfaith Sacred Conversation on Race & DiversitySacred Conversation CoordinatorSandra
Covenant Christian Community Thanksgiving Basket ProjectThanksgiving Basket coordinator Sandra

INNER JOURNEY

  
Use of Still Point Retreat HouseEarth & Spirit Mission GroupKevin
Coordinating Silent RetreatsLiving Water Mission GroupNancy
Spiritual DirectionServant Leadership TeamJoan

BUILDING

  
Building UseTime and Space Mission GroupKatie
Building MaintenanceMartha’s MobDavid L
Seekers GalleryGallery CoordinatorSandra
Seekers LibraryLibrary CoordinatorLinda

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

  
Paying expenses, managing tithes and offeringsBookkeeperDebbie
Drafting budget, financial recommendations to Stewards, supporting the bookkeeperFinancial Oversight Group (FOG)Marjory
International GivingGiving CoordinatorsDavid L
Domestic Giving Giving CoordinatorsCynthia
Growing Edge FundMission Support GroupMichele

OTHER ACTIVITIES

  
Seekers website maintenance and email group managementTime & Space Mission GroupDeborah
Seekers Members and alumni/ae directoryServant Leadership TeamDavid L
Coordination with Church of the Saviour faith communitiesEcumenical CouncilKeith
Weddings, memorials, and other sacramentsServant Leadership TeamBrenda