The Pennsylvania Council of Churches is a voluntary association of separate and autonomous Christian churches, within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, through which its members seek to manifest their fellowship (koinonia) with one another, to engage in common ministries of witness and service, and to advance towards the goal of visible unity.
Mission and Governance
The essence of our calling is summed up in fellowship, service, work for justice, but above all...Love.
The Pennsylvania Council of Churches has two categories of membership: member church bodies (voting) and affiliate members (non-voting). Church bodies must have at least five congregations within their regional jurisdiction. Affiliate members include church bodies with fewer than five congregations or organizations of regional or statewide scope that are in agreement with the Council’s Constitution and Bylaws.
Board of Directors
The Council is governed by a Board of Directors that includes as voting members: (1) officers of the Council; (2) the chief executive officer of each member body (or his/her proxy); (3) the executive director; (4) voting members of the Executive Committee not otherwise seated as voting members of the Board (officers and commission chairs).
Officers include a president, a vice president, a secretary, and a treasurer. The officers shall be members in good and regular standing of a church body that is a member church body of the Council, and shall serve only when endorsed for such service by that church body. The executive director is the principal executive officer of the Council.
The Council’s Executive Committee is responsible to the Board of Directors, and has the powers of the Board between meetings, except those duties specifically assigned to the Board in the Constitution; it may not, however, rescind or contravene earlier actions of the Board. The Executive Committee coordinates implementation of policies, directions, and commitments of the Council, proposes policy revisions, and presents the annual budget to the Board.
The Council is served by two other committees as well—the Personnel Committee, and the Finance and Facilities Committee.
The Commission on Unity and Relationships offers direction and oversight to programs and initiatives promoting fellowship among the Christian churches of Pennsylvania and advancing the goal of visible unity.
The Commission on Public Witness offers direction and oversight to programs and initiatives witnessing to the Gospel’s call to strive for justice and peace among all people and to respect the dignity of every human being.
The Commission on Common Ministries offers direction and oversight to programs and initiatives seeking to serve Christ in all persons and to loving ones neighbor.