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Coalitions and Ministry Networks

The 2015-2010 Nebraska Synod Strategic Mission Vision Plan calls for the creation and recognition of coalitions and ministry networks.

Coalitions

A coalition is one organized primarily for the purpose of facilitating communication and networking among people in the Synod who share a common interest or passion for a particular facet of ministry. A coalition is loosely structured, by intention, in order to allow for flexibility and focus on the topic of interest to the coalition. (Examples: local or regional youth ministry workers, folks interested in the RCL/narrative lectionary/worship arts/etc.)

There are no staff human resources directly related to a coalition. Each coalition is assigned a staff contact, to whom they can relate, ask questions, and must report once a year on their activities.

Coalitions may receive limited resources from the Synod office in the form of publicity for network meetings and access to technology resources as provided by the Synod for the purpose of facilitating communication (specifically, Go to Meeting, e-mail discussion group, Basecamp).

Coalitions are branded as part of the Nebraska Synod and may be permitted to use the official Synod logo in communications subject to any and all applicable restrictions and limitations.

Coalitions are not allowed to raise funds and spend money as part of their work, except to cover incidentals, such as meals at meetings and sharing of resources related to the coalition’s particular focus.

Ministry Networks

A ministry network is one organized for the purpose of carrying out core ministries of the church as identified by Churchwide and the Synod. A ministry network is more rigidly structured, often times governed by the church’s governing documents and policy as set by the Churchwide Council and Synod Council. Often times, the ministry network may relate to a specific Churchwide or Synod committee that exists by direction of the church’s governing documents or governing bodies. (Examples: disaster response, justice ministry, stewardship, synod communicators.)

Each ministry network is assigned a staff liaison. The staff liaison, as part of their individual job responsibilities, assists the members of the network and any committees or task forces to which it relates with the facilitation of the ministry to which it is called and the business necessary to effectively carry out that ministry.

Ministry networks are resourced by the Synod office and other church organizations and agencies as appropriate. These include communications and technology support, event management, and fiscal management.

Ministry networks are branded as part of the Nebraska Synod and will use the official Synod logo in communications subject to any and all applicable restrictions and limitations.

The management of all finances for ministry networks shall either be handled or arranged by the Synod office. Ministry networks are allowed to raise funds and spend money as part of their work, subject to coordination with the Synod office and its financial policies and procedures.

Process

Those wishing to apply for status as a coalition or a ministry network shall fill out the downloadable application below and submit it to the Synod office. The Synod staff will review all applications and make recommendations to the Synod Council for its consideration. Once approved, the coalition or ministry network may continue to operate as outlined in its application and subject to these provisions indefinitely, unless the Synod Council chooses to deauthorize it.

If you have questions, please contact the Nebraska Synod office at 402-896-5311 or office@nebraskasynod.org.