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The ministry of the Congregational Commission on Ministry (CCOM) is essential to the ongoing life of the Body of Christ; congregationally, at the diocesan level and in the wider church.
The CCOM’s primary function is to grow into being a prayerful group working within the congregation to help discern and support people in their various calls to ministry; lay and ordained. This includes exploring the implications of the fact that all baptized Christians are called to ministry, growing in awareness of the vast diversities of and possibilities for lay and ordained ministries, working with individuals prayerfully to help discern where God might be inviting them at a particular point in time, and working with congregational leadership to identify, raise up and support members of the congregation in their formation for diverse ministries. The CCOM functions in an advisory capacity to the Rector or Vicar of the congregation in regard to licensed and other lay ministries as well as ordained ministries. Further, the CCOM has a key advisory role to the Bishop, the Diocesan Commission on Ministry and the Standing Committee in the process of discernment and support for those who may be called to ordained ministry from their congregation.
The CCOM should be an ongoing commission of the congregation with possible 3-year rotations. The Rector/Vicar and/or Chair of the CCOM should prayerfully choose the initial members, with replacements chosen by the Rector/Vicar, Chair and current members of CCOM.
The CCOM can also have an essential educational function within the congregation, aside from providing information about the required processes for licensing and ordination. The CCOM can raise awareness of the ministry of all the Baptized, can encourage ongoing exploration of call both individually and congregationally, can help to increase awareness of the vast diversity of ministries possible both within and outside the institution, and provide support and ongoing discernment for those who are already serving in various ways. The CCOM can also pay attention to members whose ever-readiness to take on one more thing can lead to burn-out. As well as helping identify people with gifts for ministry within the congregation, diocese and larger church, they can encourage and support congregants in their ministries beyond church doors. The CCOM can also increase recognition of, and support for, ministries already quietly being carried out by people who may not even be aware that they are serving Christ in what they do.