Hello church family!
In 2017 we are planning to make a significant change in the way we handle church business here at First United Methodist Church. I want to spend some time in the next few weeks making sure everyone feels comfortable with what we are doing.
During our Sept. 22 charge conference, we will be voting to move to a Single Board Model of church governance. This is something that some of the churches in our conference and other churches throughout our denomination have moved to over the last few years. I have been talking about this move with our Church Council and the other administrative committees for roughly a year now. The church leadership overwhelmingly supports this move. When we have voted for this change, the new model will become effective January 1, 2017.
In this brief explanation, I will try to pass along the key elements of this new model for leadership. I will be happy to talk with any of you about it if you would like more information. We will be voting at our charge conference to shift from the former United Methodist Church’s structure that includes an Administrative Council, Finance Committee, Board of Trustees, and a PPR Committee, to the new “Single Board” alternative structure comprised of eleven members. These members have been nominated by the existing Lay Leadership and Nominations committee. The Board will be comprised of a Chairperson, Recording Secretary, the Lay Leader, the Lay Delegate to Annual Conference, the Pastor and six persons elected to serve in three year terms. This year we will elect two to a class of 2017, two to 2018, and two to 2019. Each year the openings on this Board will be nominated by Lay Leadership and Nominations. This Single Board will oversee all of the administrative decisions of the church. The Lay Leadership and Nominations Committee will continue to function as it has in the past. This model frees up people to serve in ministry positions in the church. We will also vote at charge conference for the leaders of those ministry areas.
I think the way to best lay out how this new model will function is to give you some key areas of responsibilities and where they will fall in the new model.
Leadership Board Purpose
Leadership Board Responsibilities
Guidelines to Ensure the Alternative Structure’s Success
Yours in Christ, Pastor Curtis Matthys
In matters of faith, we at First United Methodist Church, Sealy put primary reliance on the Bible. In scripture, we understand that we are all God’s children; therefore, we will be a church that cares for the needs of our church and local community through prayer, deeds, inspiration, and love in the spirit of Christ.
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Rev Michael Fraley, Pastor
First United Methodist Church Sealy
200 Atchison Street
Sealy, Texas 77474