Ministry Committee

The role of the Ministry Committee is to “help foster the spiritual life and good order of the Yearly Meeting, by providing assistance and counsel to the Yearly Meeting clerks and endeavoring to make the annual session a fulfilling experience for all participants.” (PacYM Faith & Practice, 2001)

At the 2020 Annual Session unity was found to drop the word “Oversight” from the traditional name which was “Ministry and Oversight” or “M&O”.  There was not unity as to what word, if any, to replace “Oversight” with, so the name will remain “Ministry Committee” until such time as the issue may be revisited.

Resources

Materials for Discernment

Paid Administrative Support Position

In its report to Annual Session 2020, Ministry Committee proposed the following:

Pacific Yearly Meeting begin serious consideration of hiring paid administrative support for its activities. The need is urgent for someone who knows the Yearly Meeting, can integrate efforts across the entire organization, and can access reliable institutional memory. We see a need to relieve the Youth Programs Coordinator and Assistant to the Clerk from having to build infrastructure necessary to do their jobs, and to provide clerical, communication,and other assistance to clerks and committees to prevent volunteer burnout. We recommend the development and circulation of a proposed job description,followed by the holding of one or more threshing sessions in the Fall to consider the matter and produce a proposal in timefor consideration by Representative Committee in the Spring. A seasoned request could then be presented at Annual Sessions 2021.

A proposal has been circulated that includes the tasks that the administrative support person would perform. A threshing session was held on Saturday, February 6, 2021 from 3:00 – 4:30 PM PST to discuss the proposal. Notes from the Threshing Session can be found here.

Current Reports

Prior Reports

Materials related to FGC Affiliation

At Annual Session 2019 PacYM found unity to affiliate with Friends General Conference (FGC).  Over the preceding several years, M&O shared a number of resources to inform the discernment over whether to affiliate.  Links to those resources are collected here, most recent first:

Job Descriptions

See job descriptions page

Subcommittee Job Descriptions

See also: General PYM Job Descriptions web page

Contact Information

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See a complete list of PacYM officers, appointees, committee members, and delegates (but without contact information) on the Roster of PacYM Officeholders page.