Finding the right person for the job

A local Quaker meeting is a worshipping community, and we all have a role in keeping the meeting and its activities functioning. Most jobs within the meeting are undertaken by a Friend or Friends for a limited term of service – usually three years – which means that the meeting often needs to find people to fill the posts. Oxford Meeting has a clerking team for business meetings, and a number of committees which arrange particular aspects of the Meeting’s work: looking after the building and finances, equipping the library, working with children and young people, and serving and representing the meeting in a variety of other ways.

The Nominations Committee meets regularly to consider the posts which the Meeting needs to fill, and to seek, with God’s guidance, the right person for each task. Names are considered prayerfully, and tested within the committee. We try to avoid a situation in which Friends suggest themselves for particular jobs, and rely instead on a system which may take a little longer but in which all Friends’ talents and gifts, whether known or latent, are considered in an atmosphere of worship. Nominations Committee does not make the appointments, but forwards the suggested names to the regular business meeting for appointment.

One of the rewarding things about being on Nominations Committee is the sense of holding the meeting and all its jobs in the Light, and celebrating and upholding the sometimes unexpected gifts that Friends demonstrate in their service to the meeting.

See for the names of current post holders see Committee Lists -December 2017 and  Role Descriptions – September 2017.pdf for descriptions of the roles and responsibilities. This questionnaire allows you to let our nominations committee how you might like to contribute to the well being of our Meeting community.