Education Ministry Team Charter
To facilitate the educational process and Spiritual growth within the congregation. Provide opportunity for everyone in all areas of education.
Conduct meetings in a pre-determined time frame. Respect for the opinions of others as we work toward consensus decisions. Active participation by each member of this ministry team in at least one of the subcommittees or task forces.
Oversee the following, but not limited to the following committees: Sunday Church School, Vacation Bible School, Confirmation Ministry, the Church Library, weekday adult bible study, weekend parish retreats, youth ministry, Trinity Pre-school, Educational opportunities within existing groups (Church council meetings, congregational committee meetings, youth groups, Women’s groups) Study Opportunities within worship (Lenten mid-week services), Self Study Opportunities (devotional and study materials, video tapes and DVD’s).
Form appropriate task forces and sub-committees.
Plan and review education process and resources for all education ministries.
Meet on a regular basis: two times monthly until sub-committee structure is in place. The Team will meet at least quarterly and subsequent meetings as necessary; sub-committees will meet as necessary to accomplish their responsibilities.
Have annual meetings amongst all five ministry teams.
The Education Ministry Team is responsible for the monetary expenses related to the educational function of the congregation in accordance with the budget of the current fiscal year.
The Congregation Council has transferred primary responsibilities for education to the Education Ministry Team. The subcommittees of this team will report to the team and the team liaison will report to council any pertinent information. If a subcommittee falls into multiple Ministry Team areas of interest, the Ministry Team that it is assigned to as a subcommittee will take precedence in final responsibility with council intervention as needed.
Measure of Success:
The Education Ministry Team will receive regular reports of goals and objectives from the subcommittees (during appropriate educational season per committee) and evaluate the outcomes. Mutual assessment by the five Ministry Teams might also prove helpful.
Sunday School Sub-Committee Charter
Plan, implement and evaluate an ongoing Christian Education program for Sunday mornings for all age groups of the congregation.
Conduct meetings in a pre-determined time frame. Respect for the opinions of others as we work toward a consensus decision.
To carry out the purpose of the sub-committee with particular attention to:
curriculum selection, attendance, adequate staffing as well as library, music service projects and other supportive activities.
The sub-committee will meet quarterly prior to the Education Ministry Team with additional meetings as necessary.
The sub-committee is responsible for the monetary expenses related to the educational function of the Sunday school activities.
The Education Ministry team has relegated responsibility of Sunday education to the sub-committee. The committee will report to the Ministry team, which reports to council as needed.
Measure of Success:
The sub-committee should establish specific and realistic yearly goals and evaluate the outcomes. Periodically review status at committee meetings.
Early Education Sub-Committee Charter
Plan, implement, and evaluate a preschool educational program for three and four old children of the parish and the community. The school will be grounded in the philosophies of sound educational practices and embedded with the tenets of Christian love and faith. The preschool program will prepare children to enter the public or private school kindergartens of the area.
Respect for the opinions of others as we strive for consensus in the decision-making process, to begin and end meetings promptly, and to keep focused during the course of the meeting.
The Sub-Committee will be responsible for the management of the following:
-providing for adequate and competent staff
-the student registration process
-provide for necessary and adequate resources and facilities
-address maintenance issues as they arise
-with staff input, develop the school year schedule, make-up days policy, and school
-provide for substitute teachers and teacher assistants
-support the pre-school staff to further enable them to fulfill their teaching
The Meetings of the sub-committee will be scheduled three times a year unless otherwise needed. Meetings will normally occur in September (primarily to discuss matters related to the current school year), in January (primarily for a mid-point check of the current school year, as well as to develop and transmit a budget to the Education Ministry Team for the coming school year), and in May (primarily to discuss matters related to the school year being completed).
The Pre-School Sub-Committee will normally meet informally with the staff at least 30 minutes prior each of its regular meetings in order to receive staff input and discuss with the staff any other relevant matters. The formal Pre-School Sub-Committee will follow; the pre-school staff members will be excused from the formal meeting.
The role of the Pre-School Sub-Committee is completely administrative in nature; the sub-committee will not be involved in the day to day operations of the classroom experience. In addition, the sub-committee will be responsible to report only to the Education Ministry Team; it will report to the congregation council through the Education Ministry Team. In like manner, the congregation council will communicate with the pre-school personnel through the Pre-School Sub-Committee.
Measure of Success:
-maintaining a positive reputation in the community
-the depth of the waiting list for future enrollments
-maintaining a high level of staff morale.