Friends General Conference

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a Quaker Community in Sparks, Maryland

Work of the Meeting

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Work of the Meeting

Quaker meetings follow the guidance of the Spirit in business as well as in worship, and function by appointing members to offices and committees. These volunteers prepare business that comes to the entire group for Spirit-led decision making. Most meetings have no paid workers, or pay for simple tasks such as housekeeping or groundskeeping.  Everyone is welcome to participate in the work of the meeting.

Meeting for business

The community has a monthly meeting where we make decisions. We use the collective discernment of members as well as tradition and Scripture to help us understand God’s will for us.

The Clerk

The clerk of the meeting has the role of a servant leader. The clerk:

  • Serves as the center of communication within the meeting
  • Guides the conduct of business meetings
  • Serves as the contact person with regional Quaker bodies
  • Speaks on behalf of the meeting when a spokesperson is required

Officers and Committees

The bulk of the work is done by officers, including the Clerk, Assistant Clerk, Co-recording Clerks, Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer and Recorder, and committees according to the meeting’s needs and concerns.  Different committees care for the quality of worship, finances, peace and justice work, hospitality, religious education, nurturing members, and care of the building, if any.  Gunpowder committees include:

  • Care and Oversight
  • Finance
  • First Day School
  • Ministry and Counsel
  • Nominating
  • Property
  • Trustees

For a Roster of Committee members and Committee Descriptions, go to our Committee Work page.

This summary is excerpted from FGC's Basics for Newcomers