Since the summer of 2010 I’m the scriba of our church in Nieuwegein. ‘Scriba’ is something like ‘scribe’ in English. Basically, I’m sort of a secretary. Officially, my tasks are
I think it’s fun to write a blog post now and then about what I’m doing as scriba. Partially for myself to read back later what I’ve been up to during the year. Partially for others who think about taking on a job like that. And my wife wants me to write something like this for the church newsletter that she took over this month :-)
Every month, I have two meetings. Those two meetings pretty much set my agenda and provide the rythm to my scriba work.
3 January it was the regular full church board meeting. I won’t bore with the actual contents, but the basic elements include:
Two weeks later, the “moderamen” meeting: just the core of the church board. Main tasks there:
After this meeting, I get to clean up the agenda for the full meeting. The scriba makes the agenda for both meetings and then sends them to the chairman for additions and changes. So I have to keep track of things and make sure everything is covered in time. And the chairman gets to inject things I forgot anyway and, importantly, he gets to put extra policy points in there that are important. That’s his task. In practice, it runs quite smoothly.
During the meetings, I notice that I try to ensure everything is neat and orderly. What I mean by this is that it is so easy to talk about something without really closing the issue or without making a clear decision. Especially when I have to change the agenda because of some discussion I often ask for a clarification like “ok, now what exactly are we proposing?”
And always there are two evenings worth of smaller tasks. Some examples from this month:
Nothing related to my scriba work, but something I had to make for the church anyway: a beet salad :-)
My name is Reinout van Rees and I work a lot with Python (programming language) and Django (website framework). I live in The Netherlands and I'm happily married to Annie van Rees-Kooiman.
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