Many United Methodist churches are going to a streamlined form of congregational governance which is more effective use of our time and resources today. Annual Conferences everywhere are encouraging this development as they see the advantages of lean, more strategic church leadership.
Our focus is to have efficient, accountable church leadership while getting more people involved in mission and ministry instead of committees.
Here is a PowerPoint presentation to review with your nominations and church council on the overview of the simplified board model. The PowerPoint presents:
From the 2016 Book of Discipline – Alternative Structure ¶ 247.2
The charge conference, the district superintendent, and the pastor, when a pastor has been appointed, shall organize and administer the pastoral charge and churches according to the policies and plans herein set forth. When the membership size, program scope, mission resources, or other circumstances so require, the church conference may, in consultation with and upon the approval of the district superintendent, modify the organizational plans, provided that the provisions of ¶ 243 are observed.
Churches are encouraged to develop a church management structure that best serves the mission and ministry of the congregation in accordance with the Book of Discipline and in conversation with the people of the church and your district superintendent. Many of our churches have been in this process and are seeing the rewards of a streamlined structure.
If your church, network or district would like coaching or training on restructuring the committees into a simplified board model, contact your District Superintendent.
The congregational excellence staff assigned to your district will be glad to assist you with further resources: