Pastor’s Note – October 24, 2019

Schweitzer UMCPastor's Note

Friends,

Over the next few Pastor’s Notes, I want to spend some time talking about how our church operates. I’ve had a lot of people ask me questions about things like: how does the church make decisions, what does the Board do, who is on the Board, how is the Board selected, etc.

Today, let’s talk about Schweitzer’s Board.

Schweitzer operates under the governance of an elected group of lay members. The Board is responsible for the big-picture direction of our church. They set the priorities and the direction of the church. They are not involved in the day-to-day management of the church. They delegate the management responsibility to me as the Lead Pastor.  In the next Pastor’s Notes, I’ll talk about what a typical meeting looks like and the kinds of decisions the Board makes.

Today, I want to share with you who is on the Board and how they are selected. Here is our Board:

Will Cologna, chairperson
Melanie Setser
Christine Slayden
Terrell Barkett
Tamra Standage
Wayne Thompson
Mary Ann Wood
Dan Servin
Casey Dye
Tom Fenton
Jessica Kruse

I also serve on the Board with voice, but no vote.

Each board member serves a three-year term on a rotating class basis. Each year we bring on a few new members and a few rotate off. We do this so there is always some continuity year-to-year.

The Board is not a self-nominating group, so the nominating process falls to a different group called the Committee on Nominations. Our Nominations members also serve on a rotating basis.

Our United Methodist Book of Discipline names the Pastor as the chairperson of Nominations. When we meet to nominate folks, we are looking to find a diverse group of dedicated leaders who are faithfully living their membership vow to support the church with their prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. The Board members are approved each year at our annual charge conference, which will be on November 24 (details will be announced in a few weeks).

As you pray for the church, please make it a point to lift up our Board members as well as the pastors and staff. Our Board members serve the church well and are helping us stay focused on transforming lives by making disciples of Jesus Christ.

This Sunday we’re wrapping up our series, Not For Me. I hope you’ll be with us, and I can’t wait to see you!

Spencer