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:
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:
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:
School of the Spirit – “The Spiritual Care Committee”
Parker Palmer – “The Clearness Committee – A Communal Approach To Discernment”
Support for Faithfulness
Naming Spiritual Gifts within the Meeting
Clearness Committees – What They Are and What They Do
An Explanation of Letters of Introduction, Travel Minutes, and Endorsements
Resources for Fostering Vital Friends Meetings
THE CALL, a play by Charlotte Basham
Selected Bibliography on Ministry and Eldership