COUNCIL LEADERSHIP
Chairperson
Vice-Chairperson
Recording Secretary
Senior Pastor
Lay Leader
 
OTHER CLERGY
Retired holding CC Membership
 
ADMINISTRATIVE MINISTRIES
S/P.P.R.C. Chairperson
Finance Chairperson
Treasurer
Counting Coord./Asst. Treas
Financial Secretary.
Church Historian
Membership Secretary
Communications Chairperson
 
Annual Conf. Delegate
Annual Conf. Delegate
Alternate AC Delegate
Alternate AC Delegate
 
OUTREACH & WITTNESS MINISTRIES
Outreach & Mission Chair.
Preschool/Afterschool Chair.
Evangelism Chair.
 
MINISTRY GROUP REPRESENTATIVES
U. M. Women Pres.
United Methodist Men Pres.
United Methodist Youth Pres.
Scouting Ministry Rep.
Board of Trustees President
 
 
Jerry Mullikin
Bruce Smith
Anolyn Watkins
Melton Arant
Bruce Smith
 
 
Bobbi Etheridge
 
 
 
 
April Haynes
Howard Corbett
Charles Privette
Billy Martin
Ken Culberson
Martha Jeffries
BJ Smart
Burney Drake
 
Charles Privette
Carol Burdette
Josh Runion
Gill Arant
 
 
 
Maryellen Mullikin
Bruce Smith
Cindi Long
 
 
 
Douglan Guthrie
Bud Starnes
TBE
Harvey Haynes
TBE
NURTURE MINISTRIES
Discipleship Chairperson
Worship Chairperson
Stewardship Chairperson
Nursery Ministry
Children’s Ministry
Youth Ministry
Young Adult Ministry
Senior Adult Minstry
Congregational Life
 
AT LARGE COUNCIL MEMBERS
Class of 2017
 
 
 
 
Class of 2018
 
 
Class of 2019
 
 
 
TASK GROUPS
Promotion/Marketing Chair.
Tech./Comm. Chair
Building  Accessibility Chair
Land Acquisition Chair
 
DIRECTOR STAFF (voice/no vote)
Music Ministry Director
Nursery Ministry Director
Children’s Ministry
Co-Directors
Youth Ministry Director
Preschool & Afterschool Director
Administrative Assistant
 
Wayne Link
Gary Collins
Jennifer Smith
Cathy Welton
Jennifer Smith
Matthew Havice
Dalene Lefils
Martha Jeffries
Davie Kirkley
 
 
 
George Atkinson
Carol Finley
Jay Browder
Carolyn WIlliams
 
Dave Wall
Ken McMahan
Nancy Hellams
 
Betty Parr
Lynn Crenshaw
Tom Alexander
 
 
Amanda Miller
Burney Drake
T.K. Page
Matthew Burns
 
 
 
Mark Bunny
Jamee Thrasher
Brandi Runion
Josh Runion
To be hired
Marie Dahill
 
Lynn Greene

INTRODUCTION / BACKGROUND:

The purpose of the church council is to plan a program of nurture, outreach, and witness; implement the plan; provide an administrative infrastructure; align the plan with the mission of the church; evaluate the effectiveness of the plan; act as the administrative agency of the charge conference.

The church council exists to create and supervise the strategic plan for your local congregation so that the congregation fulfills its mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ.  This twofold function includes both leadership and management. Leadership is the visionary, “big picture” work that assesses critically where your congregation is at the present moment, where God is calling it to be in the future, and what resources will be required to move from your current reality into the desired future. Management is the essential “detail work” that must be accomplished on a daily basis to make the congregation effective.

The church council model reflects and continues a historic tradition within the Church. Jesus called twelve disciples to be together in the leadership of the early Christian movement (Luke 5:1-11, 27-32; 6:12-16). Following the resurrection and ascension of Jesus, leaders of “the Way” often convened in groups to make decisions and to support each other in the work of mission and disciple- making. Acts 15 describes the Council formed at Jerusalem. Throughout the letters of Paul, especially in Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12, leadership in the congregation is described as the shared work of spiritually graced men and women-the body of Christ. A church council is greater than the sum of its parts. Gifted individuals-knit together in faith, love, and commitment and empowered and guided by the Holy Spirit-can accomplish much more than any individual. We honor and glorify God best when we become the body of Christ together.

-Adapted from Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation: Church Council, 2009-2012, p.6-9. Copyright © 2008 by Cokesbury. Used by permission.

MAIN TASKS OF THE COMMITTEE

  1. Serves as the primary administrative body of the charge conference and oversees the management and programming of the local church.
  2. Plans and carries out programs that fulfill the congregation’s nurturing, outreaching, and witnessing ministries.
  3. Leads the visioning and strategic planning process within the church.
  4. Fills vacancies in lay leadership positions that occur between meetings of the charge conference.
  5. Approves the church budget and ensures that the financial needs of the church are met.
  6. Makes recommendations for the compensation, benefits, and housing for the pastor(s) and other church staff.

-Adapted from The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church–2008, ¶ 252. Copyright © 2008 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.

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ORGANIZATION AND RELATIONSHIPS

Committee Membership

The charge conference determines how many members will be on the church council. The committee is made of representatives from the program ministries of the church. Certain positions are required by the Discipline, but the charge conference can add additional members to make sure that the council membership is inclusive.

Members of the committee should include the following persons:

  • the chairperson of the church council;
  • the lay leader;
  • the chairperson and/or a representative of the pastor-parish relations committee;
  • the chairperson and/or a representative of the committee on finance;
  • chairperson and/or a representative of the board of trustees;
  • the church treasurer;
  • a lay member to annual conference;
  • the president and/or a representative of the United Methodist Men;
  • the president and/or a representative of the United Methodist Women;
  • a representative of the United Methodist Youth;
  • the pastor(s).

Relationship to other committees

The church council works cooperatively with the other committees of the church. The council works particularly closely with the four main church committees that are required by the Book of Discipline –Staff/Pastor-Parish Relations, Trustees, Finance, and Lay Leadership.

-Adapted from The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church–2008, ¶ 252. Copyright © 2008 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.

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