What are Networks?
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Networks are groups of churches that are in reasonable geographic proximity to each other that exist to Care for one another, Connect to each other and Communicate with each other and the denomination.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do Networks operate?
Networks have avenues of input to the Governing Board and also participate in the development and delivery of resources to the churches in the Network.
Is it mandatory for a local church to be a member of a Network?
Yes, although churches can choose what activities, gatherings, etc. that they want to be involved in.
Is every Network under the care and supervision of an Elder?
No. Every Network is under the care and supervision of a Network Facilitator and the Office of Church Life and Health.
Can there be other kinds of Networks besides local churches assigned by geography and proximity?
Yes, these are referred to as Affinity Groups. Affinity groups are voluntary groups of churches and/or individuals that could be formed because of a shared interest and provide additional opportunities for connection and collaboration. An affinity group may invite an Elder to participate in or to support the affinity group but it will not be necessary to have an Elder involved. No formal approval will be needed to create an affinity group, unless the affinity group wishes to gain official recognition by MCC and be able to use the MCC name and logo. Recognition of affinity groups may be granted by the Council of Elders. Possible examples of affinity groups that might be formed include, but are not limited to, People of African Descent, Transgendered Ministry Team, Disabilities Forum, Large‐Church Pastors, Chaplains, Retired Clergy.
What is the real role of Networks?
Networks are there to provide a way for churches and groups with shared interests to find connection and opportunities to collaborate. For Church Networks, the focus is on Connection (Relationship), Concern (Resourcing) and Cultivation (Growth).
What are Network Gatherings?
They are the planned gatherings for Network groups that happen yearly, sometimes several times a year. With input from the churches and in collaboration with the Office of Church Life and Health, Network Leaders plan times, locations and the purpose of the gatherings.
Do Networks serve in any governance capacity?
No. However, the Networks have open channels to input to the Council of Elders and the Governing Board.
Are Network Team Leaders appointed by an Elder?
They are appointed by the Director of the Office of Church Life and Health. Additionally, each Network Leader chooses a Network Team to work with them to serve the churches in their Network.
What is the role of the Network Leaders?
The Network Leaders role is:
- Communicate regularly with the churches in their Network
- Work with a Network Team to plan gatherings, visit churches and provide resources
- Offer input to the Elder on a variety of issues
- Channel information to the Elder about church needs, pastoral care concerns, possible flash points, etc.
- Support transferring information from the Elder to the churches
- Provide a connector between the denomination and the local church
How many Church Networks are there?
Currently, there are 21 but there could be more as we continue in the new structure and as Affinity Networks want to be formally recognized and the Council of Elders evaluate the current geographical configuration.