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Clearness Committees - What They Are and What They Do

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Meeting Resource

The following resources explain what a clearness committee is, who uses them and what happens when you are appointed to one.

What is a clearness committee?

A clearness committee is a group of Friends appointed to help a member of the meeting find clarity around a leading.

Who can have a clearness committee?

Anyone can request a clearness committee from the meeting that he or she attends.
To read about the process of requesting a clearness committee, download the file: Steps in the clearness process

What does the committee do?

A clearness committee’s job is to help the focus person discover whether there is clarity to move forward with a matter, wait, or take other action.

The committee will:

  • Worship together
  • Listen deeply to the questions & concerns brought by the individual
  • Question the individual in a careful, gentle and open-ended manner
  • Reflect back what has been heard.
  • Try to find clearness on whether the meeting should support the individual’s ministry

If you are appointed to a clearness committee you can read some detailed guidelines about the clearness process in this document: Guidelines for Clearness