In the presence of about 80 members
§ 1 Introduction
Dan Svanell, Chairman of the Board, welcomed everyone and declared the meeting open.
§ 2 Election of verifiers
Arne Berg and Anita Isaksson were elected to verify the minutes.
§ 3 Approval of the agenda
The proposed agenda was approved:
• Report from the Nominating Committee
• Election of delegates
• New Chairman of the Board
• Any other business
§ 4 Report from the Nominating committee
Stefan Nilszén, Chairman of the Nominating Committee, explained the mandate of the committee, which is, in time for the Annual Meeting, to prepare the election of volunteers, Board members and auditors, and those chosen for various ministries and assignments according to present needs. Every congregational member can suggest candidates for the Board and other assignments. Suggestions should be given to the Nominating Committee at least six weeks before the meeting at which the elections will take place.
§ 5 Election of delegates
Stefan Nilszén presented the Nominating committee’s proposals for delegates. The meeting accepted the proposals and elected the following delegates:
a) Church conference
To the Equmenia Church conference in Gothenburg, 14-16 May 2015, and the Annual Meeting of the Swedish Covenant Church:
Stefan Nilszén, convener
Ulla Marie Gunner
The Nominating committee will propose a further delegate to the Church conference in due course.
b) The Social Mission
To the Annual Meeting of the Social Mission (Sociala Missionen) in Immanuel Church on 23 April 2015, and its autumn meeting:
c) Hela Människan
To the Annual Meeting of Hela Människan i Stockholms län, in Johannes Church on 15 April 2015:
d) Free Church Council of Stockholm
To the Annual Meeting of the Free Church Council of Stockholm (Frikyrkoråd):
§ 6 New Chairman of the Board
On 8 December 2014 Dan Svanell informed the Chairman of the Nominating Committee that he will conclude his term of office at the Annual meeting in April 2015. The Board was informed of his decision on 11 December, the Nominating Committee on 16 December, and on 2 January the information was posted on the church’s website.
The Nominating Committee has regrettably accepted Dan Svanell’s decision. The search for a new chairman has begun and Stefan Nilszén presented some of the criteria:
• Communicative clarity
• Readiness to listen
• Integrity (respect)
• Centrally placed within the congregation
• A problem solver
• Experienced in leading organisational development
• Suitable life situation
• Familiar with business companies
There are probably other criteria as well and we are aware of the fact that nobody can fulfil them all.
The following thoughts were expressed when the subject was opened to the floor:
• There is a risk that the criteria mentioned will limit the possibility of finding suitable people;
• Few members of the International Fellowship knew about today’s congregational meeting: better and clearer information was therefore called for;
• Information should be given to everyone in the same way;
• We need a chairman who is known to all language groups.
The Nominating committee will now enter a”listening phase” which will be defined by openness, during which individuals and groups will be encouraged to contact members of the committee with ideas and possible names. In order to be able more easily to reach the Committee, a list with names and telephone numbers will be posted in a visible place in the church. The Committee will meet on 29 January and 19 February. All the material should be ready for printing on 12 March.
§ 7 Any other business
There were no other questions
§ 8 Next Congregational meeting
The next Congregational meeting will take place on 15 March at 13.00.
§ 9 Conclusion
The chairman thanked those present for their interest and declared the meeting closed.
Secretary: Ingrid Jonsson
Minutes approved by: Dan Svanell, Arne Berg & Anita Isaksson