Ministry & Personnel Team 

Committee Updates

Our Role

The Ministry and Personnel (M&P) committee reports to Church Council and at the heart of our responsibilities is the requirement to be a consultative and supportive body for members and adherents of the congregation, and our staff. Our task, in part, is to ensure there is a climate within the congregation that supports our mission.  We oversee the relationships of our ministry team and staff with you as a congregation.

Our official duties are spelled out in the United Church of Canada manual and many of the matters we address are found within United Church of Canada policies and contracts with our ministry team, typically referred to as Calls.  A comprehensive Personnel Policy approved by Council also guides our deliberations.
It is our intention to familiarize the congregation with our role, and the nature of our employment relationships with staff, via a series of monthly newsletter articles.  



The M&P Committee believes it is important to continually acknowledge the work of our staff; work that is undertaken within a busy and complex environment.  We are thankful for the dedication and commitment of our ministry team in Shannon and Rev. Phillip.  We thank Bob Rushton as Music Director for the wonderful ministry of music he has brought to Woodlawn, and we are grateful for the leadership of Shelley Clee and Ruth Boutilier in the office.  


A “Corporate” Church

Woodlawn United Church is of a size (membership and financially) to be designated a “corporate church.” In a corporate church environment the role of the clergy may take on a different appearance than in a smaller United Church with a single minister.  
We as an M&P committee are mindful of the pressures on our staff as they meet the vast array of needs in our large congregation.  The role of our Ministers here at Woodlawn is not to undertake the total of all pastoral visits, all preaching, attend all meetings, and visit every household.  Rather, their major role is to empower us as members of Woodlawn, to work together in ministry, to carry out those roles.


Vacation and Other Leaves

All staff members consult with the M&P Committee to plan their annual vacation time, and that schedule is reported to Council. The length of vacation time is set in the original Terms of Call or Contract. In our consultations we attempt to balance operational requirements with typical employee vacation times.


Study Leaves

Continuing education dates for staff are set in consultation with the M&P Committee. The focus of study leaves is also discussed including the potential benefits to the congregation as a whole.  Where practical, and again where operational requirements permit, we encourage staff to attach some vacation time to a study leave.  The next Con. Ed. Leaves are scheduled for February.

Sabbatical leave for ministry personnel is a planned time of at least three consecutive months of paid leave.  Rev. Phillip and Shannon have recently completed their sabbaticals. Unlike other congregations, we are not required to replace staff while they are on leave.


Sunday’s Free of Preaching

The Terms of Call for Rev. Phillip enable himto be free of preaching responsibilities every tenth Sunday. This component of hiscall was inserted to acknowledge the heavy workload at Woodlawn.



Woodlawn United Church is a significant organization both in the magnitude of its ministry and in terms of its finances. We are defying current trends as we grow our programs, our congregation numbers, and the size of our facilities. This growth results from a dedicated staff and the leadership of many church members. 

Current members of the M&P committee include Allan Eddy, Stephanie Dagnall, Sadie Smith, and Don Trider.



In an effort to improve communication with you the congregation we have established an email account that goes only to the Chair of the Ministry and Personnel committee. We believe this is an avenue for you to respond to matters that pertain to the role of our committee. We will deal with the responses at future committee meetings.

The email address is:

You may also contact any member of the committee through their personal email address:

Allan Eddy (Chair)
Don Trider (Co-Chair)
Stephanie Dagnal
Sadie Smith
Ken Brown