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
Amy Vieregge
Vice Chairperson
Casey Kistler
Recording Secretary
Tom Goodell
Clayton Gathe
Board of Trustees Chairperson
Mike & Pam Baker
Columbarium Committee Co-Chairpersons
J.D. Vieregge Early Response Team Chairperson 2022
John Burnam
Finance Committee Chairperson
Casey Kistler
Financial Secretary
Ann Schwarm
Lay Leader
Rich & Kim Well
Lay Members of Annual Conference
Sandy Stombaugh
Nurture Ministries Chaiperson
Kim Warner
Outreach Ministries Chairperson
Bill LaDage
Preschool Board Chairperson
Alan Lurkins
Staff Parish Relations Committee Chairperson
Dean Black
United Methodist Men President
United Methodist Youth Representative
Sue Miller
Witness Ministries Committee Chairperson
Ryan Kaiser
Youth Member
Reid Well
Youth Member
Patrick Myers
Young Adult Member
Alexa Campbell Young Adult Member 2020
Patti Craycroft Adult Member 2022
Rand Craycroft Adult Member 2022

  • Meets quarterly on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30p.
  • All members need to be members of the church.
  • Lay, staff members have voice, but no vote.
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