In the time between General Assembly meetings, the General Board and Administrative Committee continue to oversee the business of the church.
The General Board is currently made up of persons nominated by the general and regional ministries of the Church, at-large members, ex officio non-voting general and regional leaders, plus representatives from higher education. The general nominating committee ensures the board meets denominational guidelines for racial, gender and clergy/lay balance among the voting members.
The General Board meets annually (open meeting policy). For a complete detailing of the work of the General Board, see The Design (paragraphs 54-49). Some of the responsibilities of the board include:
- Discerning a vision for the direction of the Church
- Oversight of the mission funding system
- Approving or confirming nominees to general ministry boards
- Receiving reports of the general ministries and the Office of General Minister and President
- Processing resolutions submitted for General Assembly (odd years only)
The Administrative Committee of the General Board meets twice annually, once in the fall and once immediately prior to the board meeting in the spring. This group of 20 is made up of individuals elected from among the members of the board, the general minister and moderators of the assembly and seven (7) ex-officio members without a vote. See The Design (paragraphs 60-67) for a complete description of the committee’s work. The Administrative Committee has a dual role, also serving as the board of directors for Office of General Minister and President
Some of the functions of the Administrative Committee include:
- Provide for long-range planning efforts of the Church
- Provide leadership to the General Board for planning, processing of work and reviewing the general direction of the meeting
- Fill vacancies on the General Board that occur between regular elections
- Provide oversight of fiscal and legal considerations for the general Church
Open Meeting Policy (2013)