CHURCH COUNCIL MINISTRY TEAM OFFICERS/LEADERS and JOB DESCRIPTIONS:
* Indicates that thisOfficer/Leader MUST be a MEMBER of the Local Church
1. Church Council - MEMBERSHIP of the Church Council shall consist of as few as eleven persons or as many as Charge Conference deems appropriate...and SHALL INCLUDE:
*Chair of the Church Council; Lay Leader; *Chair or Rep. of Staff Parish Relations Committee; *Chair or Rep. of Committe on Finance; Chair or Rep. of Board of Trustees; *Church Treasurer; *Lay Delegate to Annual Conference; *President or Rep. of UM Men; *President or Rep. of UM Women; *a Rep. of UM Youth; the Pastor.
QUORUM: The members present and voting at any duly announced meeting shall constitute a quorum.
Church Council "shall provide for planning and implementing a program of Nurture, Outreach, Witness and resources in the local church...shall envision, plan, implement and annually evaluate the mission & ministry of the church...shall meet at least Quarterly with special meetings being called by chairperson or pastor...recommending that first agenda items relate to the missional purpose of the local church...in its ministries of Nurture, Outreach and Witness...Council shall review the membership of the church, fill interim vacancies during the year, establish a budget on recommendation of the Committee of Finance and ensure adequate provision for the financial needs of the church...recommend to Charge Conference the salary for pastor(s) and staff members upon reciving recommendations from the Committee on Staff Parish Relations, review recommendation of the Committee on Staff Parish Relations regarding provision of adequate housing for pastor (and staff)...and give attention to the ongoing preparation and development of lay and clergy leaders for the ministry of the church (Para. #259.1)
A. Nurturing Ministries: "give attention to but not limited to EDUCATION, WORSHIP, CHRISTIAN FORMATION, MEMBERSHIP CARE, STEWARDSHIP and SMALL GROUPS...;
B. Outreach Ministries: "attention to local and larger community ministries of COMPASSION, JUSTICE and ADVOCACY...(which) include CHURCH and SOCIETY, GLOBAL MINISTRIES,HIGHER EDUCATION and CAMPUS MINISTRY, HEATH and WELFARE, CHRISTIAN UNITY and INTERRELIGIOUS CONCERNS, RELIGION and RACE and the STATUS and ROLE OF WOMEN...
C. Witness Ministries: "attrention to developing and strengthening evangelistic efforts of sharing personal and congregational stories of CHRISTIAN EXPERIENCE, FAITH andSERVICE, COMMUNICATIONS, LAY SPEAKING MINISTRIES, PRAYER ADVOCATE(S) and other means that give expressions of witness for Jesus Christ...' Para # 252, The United Methodist Discipline, pp. 160ff