In Congregationalism, we commit ourselves to making God’s mission known in community. Ours is a progressive Christian community, recognizing many paths to God and opening ourselves to the great variety of God’s people.
Our Plymouth Church covenant is based on the Salem Covenant of 1629:
We covenant with you, O God, and one with another, and do bind ourselves in your presence to walk together in all your ways, according as you are pleased to reveal yourself to us in your blessed word of truth.
Moreover, we, the people of Plymouth Congregational Church, humbly seek and serve God within, among and beyond ourselves. A full description of the Purposes of the Church can be found here (revised December 2018, by the Deacons). A class on the Theology of the Purposes was offered through mid-April 2019, in the Theater. Listen to audio from that course here.
The congregation is the basis of our governance. Clergy members work closely with lay leaders elected to positions in Deacons, Leadership Council and leaders of the six boards: Community Life, Finance and Administration, Fine Arts, Outreach, Spiritual Formation and Worship. (Scroll to the bottom of this webpage for lists of board members.)
A special congregational meeting has been set for Nov. 10, 2019, starting at 10 a.m. On September 19, the Deacons received an email with a petition signed by Plymouth members requesting a special congregational meeting to replace the Plymouth Leadership Council Embroideries Action Plan dated May 28, 2019, with an alternative action plan. Article III, Section 2 of the bylaws allows that a special meeting may be called upon the written request of 25 or more members of the Church: those who signed the petition are listed here. The leadership of the church have responded to this plan with a joint statement. In addition, the document on the images, intent and impact of Churchmen in the New World is posted online as well as being available at church.
A ministerial search will begin soon. The Chair of the Search Committee is Chris Bohnhoff. The other members of the Ministerial Search Committee are: Lani Bennett, Peg Birk, Peter Eichten, Deb Fowler, Kelly Hugunin, Jasper Jonson, Rob Reinhart and Anne Savereide. You may read the letter on our search process from Moderator Brian Siska (published Jan. 10, 2019; revised Jan. 23).
The 2019 Annual Report includes reports from lay leaders and clergy, past meeting minutes, proposed bylaws changes and financial information.
Background and update on our governance was presented on Feb. 25, 2018; please see the slide presentation here.