This Team will be reconvened when a minister is called to Northlake. At this time, Northlake is in covenant with Rev. Jim VanderWeele as Interim Minister, and the Transition Team serves functions similar to COM.


The Committee on Ministry (COM) focuses on all aspects of the congregation’s ministry, including professional leadership, music, social justice, religious education, and pastoral care. The purpose of which is to help the congregation ensure that its ministries are serving its mission and vision.


To this end, the COM meets monthly with the minister. Several times a year they convene small groups of members to reflect on their experience of a particular area of ministry such as worship, music, religious education, serving on the board, being a new member, etc.


The COM gathers the feedback and reflects on what people have shared; the results are then presented to the committee or group responsible for that area of ministry. These committees or groups then utilize the feedback from the congregation as they assess their work supporting healthy ministry.


The COM also promotes the Congregational Covenant of Right Relations as a way to insure effective and ethical communication within the church as a whole. The COM also assists the board and Finance Committee in reviewing the ministerial contract, helps set annual goals with the minister, and other duties as needed.


Northlake’s bylaws define the structure of the COM; it is composed of five people, all of whom must be members in good standing, appointed by the Board to serve two-year terms beginning July 1. At least two new individuals are appointed each year. No one may serve longer than four consecutive years.


Mission Statement: To assess and support the effectiveness and health of the ministries of the congregation.


Ministries means everything the congregation does to live its mission – celebrate life by worshipping together, serving others and nurturing a diverse, loving community.



Northlake Chapel exterior view with bride at window