In the United Church of Christ, we have no bishop, synod or presbytery telling us what to do as a congregation. While we freely cooperate with other churches, we make our own decisions. We look to our minister for pastoral and spiritual leadership, but we govern ourselves. This means the congregation as a whole votes on important matters such as the budget, electing officers and board members and calling a new minister. The entire congregation meets at least twice a year to conduct business and more often if needed.
Specific business of the church is conducted by several boards, listed below. Members of these boards are elected at the January meeting of the congregation. In addition, many more committees exist to assist in the work of the congregation. Everyone, members and visitors alike is welcome to sit in on any board or committee meeting.
Board of Directors - Takes action on behalf of the congregation between all-church congregational meetings. The Board of Directors consists of the chairpersons of each of the following boards, plus church officers. The Board of Directors is led by the Moderator.
- Board of Deacons - worship, spirituality and pastoral care of the church
- Board of Christian Education - education programs for all ages, infant to adult
- Board of Outreach and Mission - projects of service to the community and world, in partnership with other faith communities
- Board of Finance - financial affairs of the church, such as budgets and fundraising
- Board of Building and Grounds - repair and maintenance of the buildings, facilities and property of the church
- Board of Music - coordination of music programs, music staff and all instruments