Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice

Resources to Support Gifts and Ministries in Our Meetings

Meeting Resource

There are many forms of ministry among Friends. We are all called to different ministries at different times. Meetings can choose to support Friends who have a leading to ministry in a variety of ways. 

Read about ministry within the meeting here: What-is-Ministry-Schurman

Clearness for a Leading or Ministry

A clearness committee is a group appointed to support a member of the meeting in discerning a leading. Clearness committees may also play a role in helping the meeting gain clarity around how they should support the ministry of that Friend. 

The committee follows a particular structure that you can read about here: Guidelines for Clearness for a Leading or Ministry

Care of Friends Led to Various Forms of Ministry

When a meeting takes a Friend and their ministry under its care they agree as a community to support the Friend in delivering the ministry. Often they will ask the whole community to hold the individual in prayer and take a particular interest in the ministry and its fruits. Some meetings may offer to appoint a group to focus on supporting the individual and on holding them accountable. This group is called a support or anchor committee. 

Read more guidelines for caring for Friends led to ministry here: Guidelines for Care of Friends Led to Various forms of Ministry