South Church has an Advocacy Panel who are available to receive any concerns, complaints, or allegations regarding misconduct, harassment, or abuse of any type. The Panel consists of three trained church members – Gary Vandoren, Donna Schroeder, and Erick Stubenhaus – who will treat every concern with seriousness, respect, and confidentiality. In order to contact the Advocacy Panel, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pastoral Support Teams
Mission Statement: The Pastoral Relations Teams will steward the relationship between the pastors and the congregation to strengthen the ministry and mission of South Church. We will foster open, constructive communication in a spirit of mutual love, trust and respect. We will provide focused, consistent support for our pastors and encourage their personal, professional and spiritual growth. In these things we seek to assist the life and work of South Church, learning and growing together as part of the Body of Christ and celebrating the love of God.
Role and Function: The primary function of the Pastoral Relations Teams is to cultivate an open and supportive relationship among the congregation and the ordained, called pastors. Our relationship with one another is both mutual and covenantal. The pastors have promised to help our congregation be the best congregation it can be for God’s mission in the world. Our congregation has promised our pastors support in being the best pastor he/she can be to fulfill God’s mission for his/her ministry. The Pastoral Relations Teams listen objectively to the hopes, dreams, and concerns of the congregation and then model and encourage appropriate and open sharing with the pastors. Members of the Pastoral Relations Teams are also the primary source of support for the pastors as they share joys, hopes, concerns, and personal needs. It is a confidential group with a high degree of trust among members and pastor.
Team Contact Information:
- Reverend Dana Allen Walsh’s “Spirit Team”: Email this team at email@example.com (Team members: Thomas Arnold, Jennifer Bouchard, David Sleight, Jennifer Hoenig, Kate Jagger)
- Reverend Alex Shea Will’s “A Team”: Email this team at firstname.lastname@example.org (Team members: Al Joyall, Barbara Holbrook, Jeff Cutts, Polly Pyle, Kath Mason)
This group of South Church women gathers monthly to learn about the needs of women in the congregation and in the greater Andover community and to provide support to address designated needs. Resources are derived from an endowment to the BOWM from the Trustees of the Trust Fund, from fundraising efforts and from specific requests made to the congregation for assistance. The BOWM works on many projects throughout the year, including a holiday fundraiser where decorative plates of home-made Christmas cookies are sold to raise money for various charities, baking an assortment of breads for the girls and staff of Esperanza in Lawrence, “Loving Literacy” – the collection of donated books to Lawrence community after-school programs and preschools, cooking and delivering meals to new mothers, “Birthday in a Box” – where we provide a complete birthday celebration for children with May birthdays who reside at Hancock Courts in Lawrence.
The Fellowship Committee coordinates refreshments for fellowship hour after services throughout the year, as well as other activities that bring the church together, such as church dinners (“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”, “Dinners with Dana”), chili cook offs, etc. We also support church-wide activities like the all church picnic at the end of the school year. We are always looking for volunteers to help with baking and/ or to serve alongside us!
This committee has the mission to inform the members of significant events and themes in our history as a congregation. Our history together is nearly 300 years long, since the congregation was “Gathered” in 1711. In addition, we organize, preserve and protect the historical documents and artifacts. The committee welcomes anyone who would like to participate. You can help in just one project, or several. Meetings are scheduled as needed. Additional historic information: South Church: Abolitionism & Civil War.