Ganado FUMC Lay Leadership

Church Leadership is an extension of discipleship.  It call for Christians who are committed to increasing their leadership skills and deepening their spiritual practices.  These are the disciples leading Ganado FUMC.  Click the link below to open the leadership list in a new window.

Ganado FUMC Lay Leadership

What are the roles of each committee?

Church Council:
(The leadership team may be called the administrative board, church council, or council on ministry.)

The church council is the administrative agency of the charge conference to envision, plan, implement, and annually evaluate the ministry of the congregation. (The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church, 2016, ¶252) The chair of this group is elected annually by the charge conference (¶251.3).


The leadership team is accountable to the charge conference and serves as the executive agency of the charge conference between meetings to oversee the administration and ministry of the congregation.

The team determines God’s call to the congregation for ministry that is transformative.

The team initiates planning, establishes goals, implements action plans, and evaluates effectiveness for congregational ministries of nurture, outreach, witness, and administration.

The team strategizes so that the congregation makes disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

The team works with the committee on staff/pastor-parish relations and the committee on nominations and leader development for effective pastoral, staff, and lay leadership.

The team recommends to the charge conference the compensation, housing needs, and benefits for the pastor(s) and other staff after receiving recommendations from the committee on staff/pastor-parish relations.

The team fills leadership vacancies between meetings of the charge conference upon the recommendation of the committee on nominations and leader development.

The team provides for financial support, physical facilities, and the legal obligations of its local congregation.

The team maintains the congregation’s connection with appropriate district and annual conference programs and structures.

Trustee Committee:

As trustee chair, I would like for our congregation to know a little about what the Trustee’s are all about. The trustees main job is to supervise and maintain all property belonging to the congregation.


Duties include oversight and maintenance of local church property, inside and out. We have to ensure that all church property is properly insured, follows all local,  state and national safety guidelines.

This is just a small tidbit of what we do.  We manage the electric provider so that we can get cheaper rates . We manage the lawn, flowers, parking lot, filling holes in yard, watering, planting, making sure that everything works on the inside, ac/heater, locks working properly and much much more.

The Trustees are a 6 person committee.  We try diligently to meet regularly in person or communicate electronically to make  decisions for the Church.  Now, this does not mean because you are not on the trustee committee keeps you from helping out with everything I have mentioned. It takes many more volunteers to make everything happen at our Church. If you feel you would like to help please look over our page of Volunteer Opportunities or give me a call. Would love to have more volunteers.

If any congregation member has a question about something,  I would be more than happy to answer. If I can’t answer I will find someone that can. 

Dana Parks 2018 Trustee Chairperson

Pastor/Staff-Parish Relations Committee

An effective Pastor/SPRC builds a strong positive relationship between staff and congregation so that the congregation makes disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. This committee will work with the lead pastor and other staff to fulfill legal and ethical responsibilities related to staff.


Spiritual Gifts and Qualifications Helpful for the Job

Individuals on this committee should have one or more of these spiritual gifts: exhortation (encouragement), wisdom, discernment, administration, shepherding, helping, servanthood, and leadership. This committee should be diverse in age, experience, and interests, bringing all interests of the ministry to the attention of the staff. Some experience in human relations, personnel management, and communications is helpful. These individuals must listen well to both staff and people of all ages in the congregation, while keeping a focus on the mission of the church. This committee must be able to maintain confidentiality.

Responsibilities of the Chairperson

The chair is the congregation’s primary connection with the district superintendent and bishop related to the appointed leadership of the congregation. This individual leads the committee by preparing and communicating the agenda for meetings, leading the meetings, and following up on actions by assigning responsibility for implementation. This person should become familiar with United Methodist resources and organizations.

Responsibilities of the Committee

Committee members maintain a healthy and growing personal spiritual life. They engage in biblical and theological reflection about the mission of the church and biblical leadership.

This committee encourages, strengthens, nurtures, supports, and respects the pastor(s) and staff and their families. They confer regularly about the personnel conditions and issues that affect the congregation’s total ministry, including healthy life-work balance. They help the staff set priorities.

This committee communicates openly and regularly with the pastor(s), staff, and congregation.

In consultation with the lead pastor and with awareness of the strategy of the church leadership team, this committee recommends needed staff positions and develops and approves written job descriptions and titles for staff.

This committee recommends compensation, travel, housing, and other financial matters to the church council through the finance committee.

In consultation with the pastor(s), the committee recommends to the church council a written statement of policy and procedures for hiring, evaluating, promoting, retiring, and dismissing staff members who are not subject to episcopal appointment (procedures must comply with local and state laws).

This committee is responsible for carrying out, through appropriate agencies, proper screening (including background checks) for lay employees and volunteer staff.

This committee weighs several factors as it meets with the district superintendent and/or the bishop in an advisory capacity related to clergy leadership. Committee members consider the age and stage of the congregation. They must have an understanding of the feelings and desires within the congregation about the pastor’s leadership and appointment. They also consider the culture and needs of the community around the church.

This committee provides an annual evaluation of the pastor(s) and other staff for ongoing effective ministry.

This committee enlists, evaluates, and annually recommends candidates for professional ministry to the charge conference.

The work of the committee may include subteams (such as a parsonage committee or a volunteer staff committee). The committee on nominations and leadership development may help identify people for these groups.

The committee works with the pastor and district superintendent to develop a church profile that reflects the needs, characteristics, and opportunities for mission of the charge consistent with the church’s statement of purpose. The profile will be reviewed annually and updated as per paragraphs 427 and 428 in the Book of Discipline.

Finance Committee

An effective finance committee proposes a budget; then raises, manages, and distributes the financial resources of the congregation to support and strengthen the mission and ministry of the congregation.


Spiritual Gifts and Qualifications Helpful for the Job

The members of this committee benefit from having one or more of these spiritual gifts: giving, faith, wisdom, administration, discernment, helping, leadership, exhortation (encouragement), and teaching.

Useful skills and experience for this position are the ability to listen to and communicate with people of all ages; skills and interest in financial budgetary matters; a passion for financially supporting the mission of making Christian disciples for the transformation of the world; and the ability to work with individuals and ministry teams.

The chair of finance needs a strong understanding of biblical stewardship and management of all that God provides. Basic skill with financial matters is helpful and can be supplemented by skills of others on the committee.

The congregation’s committee on nominations and leadership development may establish specific standards for this position.

Responsibilities of the Chairperson

The finance chair works with the leadership team chair, the church staff, and other ministry leaders to fulfill the mission of the church. The finance chair works with the trustees to handle designated gifts and bequests in accordance with The Book of Discipline.

This person will guide the work of the finance team through the year, including planning agendas and presiding at meetings.

This leader will gather all budget requests to be reviewed by the committee, ensure that the congregation and pastor(s) are informed about the church’s financial situation, and recommend to the church council any changes that need to be made in the budget after it has been approved.

This leader is accountable to the charge conference through the church council.

Responsibilities of the Committee

The finance committee annually compiles a budget for supporting the mission and vision of the local church and submits the budget to the church leadership team for review and adoption. During the year, the finance team recommends any changes to the approved annual budget to the church leadership team.

This team is responsible for developing and carrying out plans to raise enough income to support the budget that has been approved.

Both the finance team and individual members need to engage in spiritual practices that attend to God’s will and direction. Team members need to hold one another accountable to decisions and actions that fulfill the mission and vision of the church.

The finance team (or committee) recommends to the church leadership team proper depositories for church funds and carries out the church leadership team’s directions about administration and disbursement of funds and about procedures for the church treasurer and the financial secretary.

There are three tasks not specifically assigned to the treasurer, financial secretary, or the chairperson of the committee on finance by the Discipline. Keeping these responsibilities separate is essential in maintaining segregation of duties. These tasks are: (1) approving payments for expenditures; (2) signing checks; (3) reconciling bank accounts. While the treasurer, financial secretary, or finance chairperson may be authorized to do any one of these tasks, no person should be authorized to do more than one. No persons related to one another should perform any two or more of these three tasks.

This team arranges for an annual audit of financial records and makes a report of this audit to the charge conference.

In congregations in which there is no stewardship team or committee, the finance committee has responsibility for teaching disciples a biblical understanding of abundance and generosity and stewardship of all resources.

The finance leaders of the church are accountable to the charge conference through the church council.

New language was added to the 2016 Book of Discipline that expands/clarifies the responsibilities of the pastor in regard to giving. Paragraph 340.2.c.(2)(c) now reads: “To provide leadership for the funding ministry of the congregation. To ensure membership care including compliance with charitable giving documentation requirements and to provide appropriate pastoral care, the pastor, in cooperation with the financial secretary, shall have access to and responsibility for professional stewardship of congregational giving records.”

Lay Leader

An effective lay leader functions as the primary representative and role model of Christian discipleship and faith lived out in the church and in daily life. The lay leader works with the pastor to fulfill the mission and vision of the congregation.


Spiritual Gifts and Qualifications Helpful for the Job

This leader should be a growing Christian disciple who understands that everyone has spiritual gifts and experiences that are vital to the body of Christ (see 1 Corinthians 12). This person benefits from having one or more of these spiritual gifts: compassion, discernment, faith, helping, leadership, and servanthood.

This leader should be a living example of one who “loves God and loves neighbor.” It is important for a lay leader to listen well and communicate with people of all ages. This person should show evidence of working well with both clergy and laity and with various teams and task groups.

This leader must have the ability to keep a broad view of the separate parts of the congregation and work with the pastor to help align the entire ministry toward the mission of the church.

This leader should show interest in connecting the congregation with the community  and  the  world as they participate in the missio Dei…God’s mission to the world through five main charges: the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-39) to put love of God and neighbor above all else; the Great Commitment (Matthew 16:24) to embody God’s love individually through spiritual disciplines; the Great Requirement (Micah 6:8) to live God’s love through our actions; and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) to go and take God’s love into the world by making disciples, baptizing, and teaching faithful obedience.

Responsibilities of the Position

The lay leader represents the laypeople in the congregation in working with the pastor for the mission and vision of the congregation.

The lay leader engages in spiritual practices that build a relationship of attentiveness to God’s will and direction.

The lay leader represents the laypeople in the congregation and serves as a role model of Christian discipleship for the congregation.

The lay leader works with the pastor and other leaders to launch or strengthen ministries that build discipleship.

The lay leader assists in advising the church council about opportunities available and the needs expressed for a more effective lay ministry of the church in the community.

The lay leader plans with other leaders in the congregation for celebrating the ministry of laypeople throughout the year and especially on Laity Sunday.

The lay leader meets regularly with the pastor to discuss the state of the church and the opportunities for ministry to advance the mission and ministry of the congregation in the community.

The lay leader continues to study and train and to develop a growing understanding of the church’s reason for existence and the types of ministry that will most effectively fulfill the church’s mission and that will help strengthen the lay leader’s own work.

The lay leader informs the laity of training opportunities provided by the annual conference.

Lay leaders are encouraged to become certified lay servants.

The lay leader is a member of the charge conference, the church council, the pastor-parish or staff-parish relations committee, the finance committee, and the nominations and leadership development committee.

Lay leaders are voting members of all the aforementioned committees. Each of these committees has specific responsibilities, but the lay leader represents the laity in each situation, as well as serving as an interpreter of the actions and programs of the annual conference and the general church. To be better equipped to comply with this responsibility, it is recommended that a lay leader also serve as a lay member of annual conference.