Standing Committees and Organization Structure

Church Organization and Structure

The Swedenborgian Church operates through a structure of congregational form of government that gives full autonomy to local churches and groups in the governance of their spiritual life. Individual churches and societies belong to regional associations of Swedenborgian churches. These associations belong to the larger church. The delegates from association attend the national convention to elect national officers and committee members, and vote for the adoption of resolutions and constitutional amendments. Both ministers and laypeople are eligible for all offices. The following provides a thumbnail sketch of the administrative and governing structure of the Swedenborgian Church:
  • The General Council is the governing body.
  • Standing Committees foster, administer, supervise, and support programs that cohere around a central focus (implemented in 2018):
    • The Standing Committee for Communication and Information
    • The Standing Committee for Education and Resources for Spiritual Community
    • The Standing Committee for Financial Accountability
  • The Council of Ministers consists of all ordained ministers and meets as a total body once a year. The Council oversees the pastoral and theological dimensions of the life of the church.
  • The President has traditionally been a member of the clergy, whose responsibilities include an ex officio participation in all aspects of the Swedenborgian Church. The president addresses each session of the Convention, setting forth the State of the Church.
  • The Central Office, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, functions as the primary center, coordinating information and support services for all areas of the Swedenborgian Church.

FOR MORE DETAILS VIEW THE ANNUAL JOURNAL

 

Standing Committees foster, administer, supervise, and support programs that cohere around a central focus.

Standing Committees foster, administer, supervise, and support programs that cohere around a central focus.

The annual journal contains the bylaws, boards and committees and reports from all groups

The annual journal contains the bylaws, boards and committees and reports from all groups

How the boards, committees and various groups work together

How the boards, committees and various groups work together