VUMC: Church Council
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Church Council

The Church Council shall provide 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 operates under the oversight of the Charge Conference. (para. 252.1, The Book of Discipline 2016)

There should be a leadership development and resourcing ministry of the Church Council that gives attention to the ongoing preparation and development of lay and clergy leaders for the ministry of the church. This task has often been overseen by the Staff Parish Relations Committee in many churches.

The nurture, outreach, and witness ministries and their accompanying responsibilities shall include consideration of the election of a prayer coordinator to promote prayer and mobilize the local church to pray, establish a prayer room or designated place for prayer and prayer resources, and encourage intentional prayer for the pastoral leadership of the local church.

In order for the council to give adequate consideration to the missional purpose of the local church, it is recommended that the first agenda item at each meeting be related to its ministries of nurture, outreach, and witness. The administrative and supportive responsibilities of the church will then be given attention. It is recommended that the council use a consensus/discernment model of decision-making.

Other responsibilities of the Church Council include:
Review membership of the local church; fill interim vacancies among lay officers; establish a budget upon recommendation of the Committee on Finance; recommend all staff salaries to the Charge Conference after receiving recommendations from the Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC); Review the recommendation of the SPRC regarding adequate housing for the pastor and report this to the Charge Conference.

The members present and voting at any duly announced meeting shall constitute a quorum.

Member   Class Of
Zac Stombaugh
Chairperson
2021
Amy Vieregge
Vice Chairperson
2020
Casey Kistler
Recording Secretary
Staff
Terry Westerfield
Pastor
2020
TBD
Board of Trustees Chairperson
2019
Mike & Pam Baker
Columbarium Committee Co-Chairpersons
2019
J.D. Vieregge Early Response Team Chairperson 2019
John Burnam
Finance Committee Chairperson
2020
Casey Kistler
Financial Secretary
Staff
Gene Schwarm
Lay Leader
2019
Rich & Kim Well
Lay Members of Annual Conference
2020
Brandi Gathe
Nurture Ministries Chaiperson
2021
Kim Warner
Outreach Ministries Chairperson
2021
Bill LaDage
Preschool Board Chairperson
2020
Alan Lurkins
Staff Parish Relations Committee Chairperson
2020
Dean Black
United Methodist Men President
2019
 
United Methodist Youth Representative
2018
Sue Miller
Witness Ministries Committee Chairperson
2021
Ryan Kaiser
Youth Member
2021
Reid Well
Youth Member
2021
Patrick Myers
Young Adult Member
2020
Alexa Campbell Young Adult Member 2020
Darrell Casey
Adult Member
2019
Bill LaDage
Adult Member
2019








  • Meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:00p.
  • All members need to be members of the church.
  • Lay, staff members have voice, but no vote.
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