Standing Committees are formed by approval of the Meeting and report to it. The Nominating Committee takes the major responsibility for selecting conveners and recruiting committee membership. In general, committee slates are approved in time to allow members and attenders to join committees by September 1, though interested persons may join most committees at any time throughout the year. All committee positions save those of the Nominating Committee and the Committee on Ministry and Counsel are open to non-­members; all committees except Ministry and Counsel, Nominating, Care and Visitation, and Personnel are open to volunteers.

Each standing committee has a convener (or co-conveners). In many meetings this position is called “committee clerk.” The convener is responsible for facilitating the work of the committee, both at its meetings and between meetings, and usually represents the committee at meetings for business.

With approval of the Meeting, sub-committees or action groups may be formed as subgroups of Meeting committees. Such groups must communicate regularly with the committee of which they are a part. Committees are responsible for initiating the laying down of subcommittees or action groups when their work is done.

Ad hoc committees are formed by the Meeting to undertake projects of limited duration. Interest groups are approved by the Meeting in order to be affiliated with it; their membership generally comprises interested volunteers.