Leadership Agreement for paid and volunteer Leaders
Almost everyone at Trinity helps out in some way. Doing something useful and being a part of a happy and productive team gives our lives meaning which brings us joy. But how we do what we do is more important than what we do, because if we do not share our gifts out of gratitude and love, nothing good can come from it.
Therefore, we have a Leadership Agreement that spells out what we expect from our leaders, whether they are volunteers or paid staff. Neither the minister or the Chair of Council is the “boss”. We are all accountable to this agreement which is rooted in what is often called the “Golden Rule”, taught by Jesus and all world religions: “Treat others as you wish to be treated”.
This is our Leadership Agreement:
We will be supportive of one another and work together as a team to grow safe spiritual community. Bullying and criticism have no place in our leadership model. We will lead with integrity and be dependable. How we do things matters more than what we do.
When we have an issue with someone’s behavior, we will only speak to them about it or to someone on the leadership team if we want their help to initiate the conversation. If a leader shares concerns with us about someone else, we will discern a way of bringing that person into the conversation.
We will uphold forgiving and being forgiven as a natural and essential part of leadership.
Graceful entries: When people offer their gifts in leadership, the team will welcome them and introduce them to the leadership covenant. The team will discern how best to integrate the gifts and ideas of the newer members with the existing program in a positive and creative way. The goal is to build the team and encourage growth as we deepen and expand our programming.
Graceful exits: When we exit a leadership position, for whatever reason, we will do so in a graceful way that affirms the ongoing program of the continuing leadership. Our main concern is the well-being of those we are serving. Even if we are angry, we will not allow our emotions to become an issue.
Difficult Conversations: Dealing with conflict and concerns is an essential part of living out this covenant. Every member of the leadership team will agree to NOT listen to complaints about someone else (a third party). When someone speaks to them about someone else they will ask them to speak to that individual directly or write them and will offer to help them speak to that individual if the person with the compliant feels shy or nervous about so doing.
This covenant is the authority for the Leadership team. Everyone will uphold it and is accountable to it. Everyone will help one another to fulfill it. Breaches of this covenant show an inability to work in team and as such, require removal from the leadership team.