governance, communications & personnel
The Prudential Committee (or PruComm) is the governing board of the church. It is composed
of the President, President-elect, Past President, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Clerk, and six
other voting members of the church. Four of the committee members serve as liaisons to the four
ministries of the church: Spiritual Development. Community Life and Heritage, Development and
Finance and Social Justice. The Prudential Committee sets policy and long-term goals, establishes
committees and task forces with specific duties and responsibilities, hires professional staff
other than the minister, manages the operating budget in accordance with the by-laws, and performs
other duties necessary for effectively running an institution of our size and scope. The six
Prudential Committee members are elected by the congregation to three-year terms; officers are
elected annually to one-year terms.
The Personnel Committee is composed of a liaison from the Prudential Committee, at least two
other church members approved by the PruComm, and the Minister as an ex-officio member.
They review Personnel Policies and Procedures annually and recommend changes to the
Prudential Committee. In consultation with staff, appropriate committees and the minister, they
develop and oversee non-ministerial employee evaluations and recommend salary increases.
Committee members may assist in the selection process to fill vacant, non-ministerial staff positions,
and in conjunction with the staff, they may recommend any reduced, expanded or new staff
position to the Prudential Committee.
Communications Task Force
The Communications Task Force (CommUnitarians) is charged with developing policies on communications
to be submitted to the Prudential Committee for review. The Task Force seeks input
and guidance on the church newsletter, the website and other means of communication.
The five-member Nominating Committee is responsible for identifying and developing church
leadership. In addition to recruiting for elected positions including PruComm members and officers
and Deacons, the committee is responsible for identifying committee chairs. Each member
of the Nominating Committee should have an understanding of the structure and work of the
organization, the specific leadership need, and the special qualifications needed for both elective
and appointed positions. Members of the committee are asked to be “at work” constantly
—listening, seeking, observing, circulating, and being available and accessible in order to determine
who might best serve in the various capacities, and to augment methods of developing and