COMs, CPMs and Confidentiality
MYTH #1: Confidentiality means secrecy.
MYTH #2: If you get confidential information, you cannot use it.
FACT #1: The deliberations of the Committee on Ministry or Preparation for Ministry should be considered confidential. You will report the actions of the committee to council and/or presbytery, but the deliberations should be treated as confidential and any background or supporting information shared during the reporting should be carefully considered. Once you report information, it is public, unless it occurs in the context of an executive or private session of the group to whom you are reporting. Any files which you keep should be secured, maintained carefully, and accessible only to qualified persons (those the committee approves).