Want to give back to the church and expand your leadership skills? Apply now for one of the trustee or officer openings in 2020. Fill out the form at the link above. Questions? Contact the Leadership Development Nominating Committee co-chairs Maya Hermann (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Chuck Wooldridge (email@example.com)
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between serving on the Board of Trustees and serving as an officer?
Members of the Board of Trustees are responsible for the supervision and direction of the affairs of the church, with a particular focus on policy development and oversight. Officers report to the Board of Trustees and perform specific functions for the church, as described below. Church officers have the right to participate in all regularly-scheduled meetings of the Board of Trustees, but without the right to vote. However, the Board is considering bylaws changes that would make the secretary and treasurer voting members of the Board. More details on these changes will be available in a few months.
How are prospective trustees and officers nominated?
The three roads to nomination are:
- Nomination by the LDNC in its report to the congregation.
- Petition signed by 20 All Souls members and submitted to the secretary before or at the annual meeting.
- Nomination by a member, with three motions to second by other members from the floor, at the annual meeting.
What’s the next step in the nomination process?
The LDNC reviews all leadership applications and interviews interested candidates. According to the process outlined in the document “2019 Leadership Development and Nominating Committee Candidate Assessment,” the LDNC will recommend nominees to the congregation by presenting a slate of candidates (one person to fill each vacant post), instead of presenting a field of multiple candidates for each vacant post.
FAQs for Board of Trustees
What are the responsibilities of the members of the Board of Trustees?
Under All Souls’ governance system, called “policy governance framework,” the trustees stay in conversation with the congregation and have three main functions: 1) to listen to and communicate with the congregation; 2) to set broad governing policy; and 3) to monitor both the church’s progress toward its goals/vision statements and the work of the church’s Executive Team. The Board of Trustees is not an implementation body and does not engage in the church’s day-to-day management. Board members participate in and support church committees. (For more information on governance, see www.all-souls.org/governance-finance.)
How long is a trustee’s term?
Each trustee serves for three years. The terms are staggered so that three trustees cycle off and three new trustees cycle on each year.
How often does the Board meet and what is the typical workload?
The Board meets monthly and usually has an annual weekend retreat. Occasionally, special meetings are called to address specific issues.
The average workload is about 20 hours per month, which includes meetings, reviewing materials, serving on a Board subcommittee, such as the Personnel subcommittee, or serving as a liaison to a church committee, such as the Finance or Beckner committees. The Board president and vice president, who are elected by the other trustees, may have a larger workload.
FAQs for Officers
What are the responsibilities of the church officers?
Church officers work closely with the Board of Trustees and staff. They are elected by the congregation at the annual meeting. The church’s bylaws set out the offices and their responsibilities. Under the current bylaws, officers do not vote on matters considered by the Board; however, the Board has voted to propose a change to the bylaws that would allow the secretary and treasurer to vote at Board meetings. If approved by the congregation at the annual meeting in December 2019, that change would take effect for officers serving in 2020.
- The secretary keeps minutes of the Board meetings; preserves an account of whatever may be of interest in the history of the church; records and ensures the accessibility of all church policies; convenes the first meeting of the newly elected Board of Trustees and presides over the election of the president and vice president; receives and makes available to the congregation the Nominating Committee’s annual report; receives and makes available to the congregation the Church Council’s nominations to the next year’s Nominating Committee.
- The assistant secretary acts in place of the secretary during the latter’s absence; assists the secretary in performing secretarial duties, including ensuring that the church's official and historical records are preserved and readily accessible; takes minutes for and maintains the membership roster of all Church Council meetings.
- The treasurer monitors the church’s funds; assures safekeeping of the books and records of all financial transactions; performs other duties customary to the office; attends Board meetings.
- The assistant treasurer helps the treasurer perform the duties of that office, including organizing and overseeing the counting of contributions received during regular and special offerings.
- The moderator presides at the church’s annual and special meetings; is responsible for preparing meetings and for assuring that proceedings are conducted fairly and in accordance with the church’s bylaws; gives reasonable opportunity for all members attending these meetings to express their opinions, except for matters relating to the determination of the ballot process; chairs the Church Council.
- The membership secretary is responsible for the official roll of church membership; determines membership status as directed in Article IV of the bylaws; maintains an official list of members entitled to vote in church elections.
How long are terms for the church officers?
Officers serve for one year. They may choose to continue to serve up to three consecutive years.
Want more information?
Please feel free to talk with anyone on the LDNC about your interests, concerns, and questions. We are here to help.
2019 Leadership Development and Nominating Committee
Co-Chair Charles Wooldridge (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Co-Chair Maya Hermann (email@example.com)
Alice Goldberg (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Benjamin Whelan-Morin (email@example.com)
Brenda Barbour (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Claire Adrian-Tucci (email@example.com)
Derek Robinson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jennifer Vanmeter (email@example.com)
Kerry Reichs (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mary Beth Hatem (email@example.com)
Michael Chandler (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Neil Manzullo (email@example.com)
Paula Shoecraft (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Rahima Rice (email@example.com)
Tom Fox (firstname.lastname@example.org)