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       United Methodists come in all sizes, shapes, colors, dispositions, outlooks and life stories, but share a unique history and faith perspective. Our members speak many languages and live in many countries.

       No matter how or where they serve Jesus Christ, United Methodists do God’s work in a unique structure—referred to as “the connection.” This concept has been central to Methodism from its beginning. Connectionalism comes to life through our clergy appointment system, our mission and outreach, and through our collective giving. We live  out our call to mission and ministry by engaging in ministry with the poor, combating diseases of poverty by improving health globally, creating new places for new people and renewing existing congregations, and developing principled Christian leaders. No one congregation can do all these ministries, but together—through the power of our connection—we can make a tremendous difference.
        Regarding doctrine, the Methodist Church follows general Wesleyan theology. Belief in the sinfulness of man, the holiness of God, the deity of Jesus Christ, and the literal death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus for the salvation of man  are held in common with other Christian churches. (2 Timothy 3:16

                            Church Council Members

Lay Leader
Worship Minister
Music Minister
Youth Minister
Secretary and Communication Coordinator
Financial Secretary
Finance Chairperson
Board of Trustees Chair (elected by Board)
Lay Member of Annual Conference
Staff Parish Relations Chair
UM Men President (selected by the UMM)
UM Women President (selected by the UMW)
Hospitality Coordinator
Children’s Programs Coordinator
Scouting Coordinator
PreSchool Director
Cindy Wandling
Mike Johnson
Teresa Markins
Joe McCullough
Jamie Miller
Kyle Smith
Terri Dodrill
Kathy Rittenhouse
George Schneiter
Roy Sexton
Teri Dodrill 
Mike Spratt
Rick Altizer
Cindy Wandling/Kathy Rittenhouse
Cindy Cramer/Susan Lanham
Joel Fisher
Joy Spratt

Church Council Information

Book of Discipline ¶ 252 – Church Council
1. Purpose—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    shall be amenable to and function as the administrative agency of the charge conference (¶ 244).
2. Mission and Ministry—Nurture, outreach, and witness ministries and their accompanying responsibilities include:
a) The nurturing ministries of the congregation shall give attention to but not be limited to education, worship, Christian formation, membership care, small groups, and stewardship. Attention must be given to the needs of individuals and families of all ages.
b) The outreach ministries of the church shall give   attention to local and larger community ministries of compassion, justice, and advocacy. These ministries     include church and society, global ministries, higher education and campus ministry, health and welfare, Christian unity and interreligious concerns, religion and race, and the status  and role of women.
c) The witness ministries of the church shall give attention to developing and strengthening evangelistic efforts of sharing of personal and congregational stories of Christian experience, faith, and service; communications; Lay Speaking Ministries; and other means that give expressions of witness for Jesus Christ.
d) The leadership development and resourcing ministries shall give attention to the ongoing preparation and development of lay and clergy leaders for the ministry of  the church (¶ 259.1).
e) The nurture, outreach, and witness ministries and their accompanying responsibilities shall include consideration   of
(i) the election of a prayer coordinator to promote prayer and mobilize the local church to pray,
(ii) establishing a prayer room or designated place for  prayer and prayer resources, and
(iii) encouraging intentional prayer for the pastoral leadership of the local church.
3. Meetings—
a) The council shall meet at least quarterly. The chair- person or the pastor may call special meetings.
b) 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.
4. Other Responsibilities—It will also be the responsibility  of the church council to:
a) review the membership of the local church;
b) fill interim vacancies occurring among the lay officers of the church between sessions of the annual charge conference;
c) establish the budget on recommendation of the committee on finance and ensure adequate provision for   the financial needs of the church;
d) recommend to the charge conference the salary and  other remuneration of the pastor(s) and staff members  after receiving recommendations from the committee on pastor-parish relations (staff-parish relations);
e) review the recommendation of the committee on pastor-parish relations regarding provision of adequate housing   for the pastor(s), and report the same to the charge conference for approval. Housing provisions shall comply with the annual conference housing policy and parsonage standards. Housing shall not be considered as part of compensation or remuneration.
5. Membership—The charge conference will determine the size of the church council. Members of the church council shall be involved in the mission and ministry of the congregation as defined in ¶ 252.2. The membership of the council may consist of as few as eleven persons or as many as the charge conference deems appropriate. The council shall include persons who represent the program ministries of the church as outlined in ¶ 243. The membership shall include but not be limited to the following:
a) the chairperson of the church council;
b) the lay leader;
c) the chairperson and/or a representative of the pastor-parish relations committee;
d) the chairperson and/or a representative of the   committee on finance;
e) the chairperson and/or a representative of the board of trustees;
f) the church treasurer;
g) a lay member to annual conference;
h) the president and/or a representative of the United Methodist Men;
i) the president and/or a representative of the United Methodist Women;
j) a representative of the United Methodist Youth;
k) the pastor(s).
6. Quorum—The members present and voting at any duly announced meeting shall constitute a quorum.