A SIMPLER CHURCH
Over the past three years, the church has explored how we might simplify the church’s administrative committee structure.
As our church has grown and become more complex (13 committees and 44 ministries), the challenge we continue to face is how to simplify an administrative pathway that sets direction, encourages creativity, establishes a blueprint for actions and supports the Mission, Vision and Ministries of our church in a timely manner.
According to the UMC’s Book of Discipline, four committees are charged with performing administrative functions: Church Council, Finance Committee, Staff Parish Relations Committee (human resources) and Trustees (facilities).
To address this challenge, your Church Council proposes the functions of three committees (Church Council, Finance Committee and SPRC) be combined into one Leadership Council. The Leadership Council would be charged with planning, implementing, and evaluating ministry, financial, human resources, legal tasks and other responsibilities as defined in the Book of Discipline. The goal is to support the Senior Pastor; provide a decision-making pathway that is simple, responsive and timely; and improve operating efficiency and accountability of administrative functions. Trustees will remain a separate standing committee as they are responsible for facility and infrastructure maintenance on a day-to-day basis. All other ministry committees will remain intact.
Proposed structure-Leadership Council (LC)-15 members to include:
- Senior Pastor-a voting position except on senior pastor related issues
- Recording Secretary
- Council Representatives (9 positions)
- Trustee Chair
- Lay Leader
- A Lay Delegate to Annual Conference
The Nominations Committee will identify nominees to serve on the Leadership Council and submit their recommendations to the Church Conference for approval. The Chair, Recording Secretary, Lay Leader and Lay Delegate would be appointed for a one-year term and would be eligible for re-appointment. The Trustee Chair is selected by the Trustees and would serve on the council. The initial nine council representatives would include three current members from each of the former committees (Church Council, Finance Committee and SPRC) which would provide the new body with history, experienced leadership and continuity of operations. The nine representatives would be appointed for staggered terms (1, 2 and 3 years). These staggered terms will provide for the development and appointment of new leaders each year.
Benefits from a Simpler Church
- Enables the church to more effectively achieve our Mission/Vision/Ministry
- Promotes responsibility, authority and accountability at every level of leadership
- Creates a simpler pathway to reach decisions in a timely and efficient manner
- Enhances coordination and eliminates redundancy
- Reduces administration and frees resources for hands-on ministry
Church Council Approval May 23, 2017
Town Hall Meeting (10:00 am-between services) June 18, 2017
Church Conference (10:00 am-between services) June 25, 2017