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.

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; Ffill interim vacancies among lay officers; Eestablish 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 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
Joe Cearlock
Chairperson
2018
Alan Lurkins
Vice Chairperson
2017
Casey Kistler
Recording Secretary
Staff
Terry Westerfield
Pastor
Staff
TBS
Board of Trustees Chairperson
2017
Mike & Pam Baker
Columbarium Committee Co-Chairpersons
2019
Mary Fulton
Finance Committee Chairperson
2017
Casey Kistler
Financial Secretary
Staff
Gene Schwarm
Lay Leader
2019
Al & Susann Schumacher
Lay Members of Annual Conference
2020
Calista Eyman
Nurture Ministries Chaiperson
2018
Joyce Staff
Outreach Ministries Chairperson
2018
Lisa Burnam
Preschool Board Chairperson
2018
Eric Miller
Staff Parish Relations Committee Chairperson
2019
 
United Methodist Men President
2017
 
United Methodist Youth Representative
2017
Susann Schumacher
Witness Ministries Committee Chairperson
2017
Sydney Rosborough
Youth Member
2018
Nicholas Rosborough
Youth Member
2018
Calista BreAnn Dothager
Young Adult Member
2017
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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