"Hi, I was recently elected elder of finance and a member of session. I am looking for discussion on best practices for church finance. Also, I am the youngest elder on session by fifteen years and am considering asking if I can create a private blog for our session discussion topics. Thoughts or comments?"
Perhaps I find Nick's questions so interesting because I, too, am a recently elected elder in the PC(USA). I'm also fairly young and will be only the second elder in our congregation to give birth while actively serving on session. (Please note that I don't intend to actually be at a session meeting for the big event!) I don't know to which committee(s) I'll be assigned, but I'm willing to bet that Children, Youth, and Families is more likely than Finance. I'd love to serve on Adult Ed and Nominating (both committees on which I've participated as a lay member).
Does anyone have any church finance or committee experiences to share? Advice to give?
And does anyone's church use a private blog for conversation?
Nick, my family uses a private blog for communication and it's been very helpful for us. I'd imagine, though, that with an older session you might have some people who aren't too comfortable with the internet and others with significant security concerns. Another group to which I belong has a blog, and I made a very simple step-by-step cheat sheet to help each of them log in. I passed out hard copies at a meeting and this tactic met with great approval.