The Community Church of New York is congregational in its governance. Members elect Ministers. Members adopt the annual budget using advice from of the Board and Finance Committee and based on the financial support of members.
Any person at least thirteen years old may become a member of the Church by signing the Membership Book and following such other procedures as may be established from time to time by Membership Committee. No test, dogma, or formula of faith shall be required as a condition of membership. The Congregation is the final authority of the Church on all-Church related matters with respect to:
1.adopting or amending the Bylaws;
2.electing or removing trustees;
3.calling or removing Ministers; and
4.adopting the annual budget.
The Board provides general supervision of the affairs of the Church. The Board has custody and control of all property and funds of the Church, conducts the business affairs, and supervises the management and administration of the Church. Elected Trustees serve 3 year terms.
The Council consists of the Chairperson of the Council, six members-at-large, and a representative from each of the standing committees of the Board and organized groups. The Chairperson, the members-at-large, and the representatives each have a single vote at meetings.
The Council is responsible for: (a) promoting coordination and cooperation among the Committees and organized groups represented on the Council; (b) harmonizing the scheduling of the Church activities; (c) planning and directing the “all-Church” functions of the Church; (d) consulting with the Nominating Committee and Committee on the Committees on perspective candidates for their nominations; (e) considering new activities and possible organizational structures; (f) recommending changes in the overall programs and policies of the Church.
Each Committee has functions and procedures as described in its charter. Charters must be approved by the Board. In May of each year, taking into account the recommendations of the Committee on Committees, the Board appoints the chairperson and members of all standing committees of the Board, who assume their positions as of June first. The recommendations of the Committee on Committees reflect consultation with the chairpersons and with the Council.