Church Council Minutes

 

Leadership Committees

There are a variety of committees at First United Methodist Church that oversee various aspects of our life together; volunteers were appointed and confirmed to serve on these committees during the last Charge Conference. We invite members of our congregation to pray for these volunteers as they seek to serve God through their faithful service to the church. 

Congregants are welcome to observe any committee meetings, and all committee meetings are open with the exception of the Committee of Staff-Parish Relations, which is closed to respect confidentiality concerns. If you would like to speak at a committee meeting, contact the committee’s chairperson beforehand. Please check the online church calendar, or call the office, to verify the meeting time and room on any given month as details are subject to change based on the life of the church.

2017 List of Church Committee Members

 

Table of Contents


CHURCH COUNCIL

Committee Purpose

The church council provides for planning and implementing a program of nurture, outreach, witness, and resources in the local church. It shall also provide for the administration of its organization and temporal life. It shall envision, plan, implement, and annually evaluate the mission and ministry of the church. The church council shall be amenable to and function as the administrative agency of the charge conference.

Committee Composition

Members of the church council shall be involved in the mission and ministry of the congregation and shall consist of persons who represent the program ministries of the church–including the lay leader; pastors; chairpersons of the committee on staff-parish relations, the committee on finance, and the board of trustees; church treasurer; lay members of the Annual Conference; and representatives of the United Methodist Men, the United Methodist Women, young adults, and youth; and other positions as deemed helpful.

Time Commitments

Members will be called to meetings every other month on the fourth Thursday of the month, each with duration of approximately one hour thirty minutes. The annual charge conference will be held sometime in the last quarter of the year with a date and time to be announced by the East District Superintendent. 

Questions? Contact Chair, Steve Westbrook

 

BOARD OF TRUSTEES ¶2525-2551

Board Responsibilities

The trustees supervise and maintain all property belonging to the church (property, grounds, equipment, investments, and resources) so that the ministries of the congregation can be effective. Other activities include, but are not limited to, insurance management and annual reporting.

Board Composition & Term Length

The board of trustees is composed of not more than nine members and no fewer than three. In order to ensure continuity and experience, members are divided into three classes (designated by year) with an equal number in each class. Every year, one new class is elected to serve a three-year term, with the oldest member class rotating off the committee. The board of trustees elects its own chairperson. Two-thirds of the board must be professing members of the United Methodist Church.

Time Commitments

Meetings are held one the first Thursday of each month, each with duration of approximately 1 to 2 hours.

 

Questions? Contact Chair, Colleen Abernathy

 

STAFF-PARISH RELATIONS Committee

Committee Responsibilities

The staff-parish relations committee(SPRC) has the responsibility of administering the relationship between staff, congregation, and the district superintendent so that the mission of the church moves forward. Activities include but are not limited to pastor and staff encouragement, church unity, and staff details (job descriptions, time management, evaluations, continuing education, benefits, and personnel policies).

Committee Composition & Term Length

The SPRC is composed of not more than nine members–in addition to the lay leader and lay members of the annual conference–and is composed of no less than five members. In order to ensure continuity and experience, members are divided into three classes (designated by year) with an equal number in each class. Every year, one new class is elected to serve a three-year term, with the oldest member class rotating off the committee. One member shall be a young adult, and one member may be a youth. The SPRC shall meet in closed session, and information shared in the SPRC shall be confidential. The SPRC shall meet only with the knowledge of the pastor and/or the district superintendent.

Time Commitments

The SPRC shall meet at least quarterly. Additional committee meetings may be called by the bishop, the district superintendent, the pastor, any other person accountable to the committee, or the chairperson of the committee. Each meeting will have a duration of approximately 1 to 2 hours.

Questions? Contact Chair, Carolyn Davis

 

COMMITTEE ON FINANCE

Committee Responsibilities

This committee serves throughout the year to guide the church council on matters regarding financial stewardship of the church’s financial resources. Activities include, but are not limited to, budgeting; counting, depositing and dispersing funds; and audit functions.

Committee Composition & Term Length

The committee on finance is composed of the chairperson, the pastor(s), lay members of the annual conference, the chairperson of the church council, the chairperson or a representative of the committee on staff-parish relations, a representative of the board of trustees elected by the trustees, the chairperson of stewardship, the lay leader, the financial secretary, the treasurer, the church business administrator, and other members to be added as the charge conference may determine. The financial secretary, treasurer, and church business administrator, if paid employees, shall be members without vote. In order to ensure continuity and experience, members are divided into three classes (designated by year) with an equal number in each class. Every year, one new class is elected to serve a three-year term, with the oldest member class rotating off the committee. 

Time Commitments

Meetings are held each third Thursday of the month, with a duration of approximately 1 to 2 hours. 

Questions? Contact Chair, Carolyn Ballenger

 

Committee on NOMINATIONS and lay leadership

Committee Responsibilities

This committee identifies the gifts and strengths of people in the congregation to serve on the church council, committee on nominations, board of trustees, committee on finance, or staff-parish relations committee. The committee on nominations guides the church council on matters regarding leadership in the congregation and deploys persons according to their gifts and passion in areas of service within the church.

Committee Composition & Term Length

This committee is to be composed of not more than nine persons, in addition to the pastor and the lay leader. At least one young adult elected by the charge conference shall serve as a member of the committee. One or more members elected by the charge conference may be youth. The pastor shall be the chairperson. A layperson elected by the committee on nominations and leadership development shall serve as the vice chairperson of the committee. In order to ensure continuity and experience, members are divided into three classes (designated by year) with an equal number in each class. Every year, one new class is elected to serve a three-year term, with the oldest member class rotating off the committee. Retiring members may not succeed themselves.

Time Commitments

Members will be called to approximately 2 to 6 meetings each year, each with duration of approximately 1 to 2 hours. You may be called upon outside of the structured meeting times for 2 to 8 hours over the course of the year for execution of your responsibilities outside of the committee’s meetings. 

Questions? Contact Chair, Dr. Jeff McDonald, or Lay Leader, Dr. Leon Hallman

 

ENDOWMENT FUND COMMITTEE

Meets as called by Chair, and provides members and friends of FUMC Nacogdoches an opportunity to make charitable gifts to FUMC Nacogdoches that will become a permanent endowment of financial support and a living memorial.

Questions? Contact Chair, Paul Smith III