Charter

Charter for County Executive’s Faith Community Advisory Council

The Faith Community Advisory Council ensures that the County Executive is well informed of and able to act effectively in responding to the needs and concerns of faith communities, and to work collaboratively with government, non-profits and community organizations in creating a just, healthy and beloved community.

It is the responsibility of the Faith Community Advisory Council to advise the County Executive on the needs and concerns of faith communities worshipping and serving others in Montgomery County, including land use issues, policy initiatives, budget priorities, responding to emergencies and acts of hate and violence, intervention and prevention of violence, integration of immigrants, healthcare for all and other partnership opportunities. The Council works to identify all faith communities worshipping and serving others in Montgomery County to establish effective communication and encourage collaboration among themselves, government offices and human service agencies for the benefit of all.

Membership

The members of the Faith Community Advisory Council, Executive Committee, Working Groups and Committees are comprised, as much as possible, of the full spectrum of faith communities. This will include clergy and governing leadership of faith communities, as well as, religiously based non-profit organizations. Since the Faith Community Advisory Council works directly with the community on a variety of tasks, it is necessary that members possess the needed expertise to execute the tasks. Due to need for expert opinion across a range of topics and issues that faith communities, the County’s prohibition against serving on more than one County board, committee, or commission does not apply to the Faith Community Advisory Council members.

The structure of the Faith Community Advisory Council follows:

  • The Faith Community Advisory Council is led by Co-Chairs designated by and who serve the County Executive. One Co-Chair will rotate each year to achieve the model of both balanced and shared leadership.
  • The Executive Committee will consist of the Co-Chairs of the Faith Community Advisory Council, the Chairs of the Working Groups and others as seem appropriate request of the County Executive.
  • The Chairs of Working Groups and Committees will be designated by the Interfaith Community Liaison. They will serve two year terms and be eligible for reappointment to a second term.
  • The Committees under the Working Groups will be chaired by a Chair of the Working Group, the Interfaith Community Liaison or one designated by them.

Organization

  • The Advisory Council elects the Co-Chairs of the Executive Committee, sets policy, provides oversight and meets periodically with the County Executive.
  • Executive Committee sets the dates and agendas for meetings of the Faith Community Advisory Council.
  • The Executive Committee establishes working groups consistent with fulfilling its purpose and tasks.
  • The Executive Committee adopts rules to ensure the orderly transaction of its business consistent with the stated purpose and tasks assigned to it.
  • The mission, goals and action items of the Working Groups are in separate documents and available to the public.

Meetings

  • The Faith Community Advisory Council will meet at least quarterly.
  • The Executive Committee will meet at least by-monthly.
  • The Working Groups and Committees will set their own schedules.
  • The County Executive’s Office of Community Partnerships will be responsible for providing public notice of the time and place of meetings and maintaining a public record of attendance and summary of actions taken.
  • Meetings of the Faith Community Advisory Council will be open to the public except for discussions allowed to be held in executive session pursuant to County law.