Pastor’s Note – October 31, 2019

Schweitzer UMCPastor's Note


Starting last week and 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.

You can read last week’s note here.

Today, let’s keep talking about the Board and what kinds of decisions the Board makes.

First, our Board has certain functions that are required of it through our United Methodist Book of Discipline:

  • Sets the annual budget.
  • Sets pastoral compensation.
  • Provides pastoral evaluation.
  • Consults with the Bishop for pastoral needs.

In addition to this required work, the Board also sets direction for the church. Perhaps the best way to show the work we do together is to look at some recent meetings. Here are the minutes from recent meetings:


Our October minutes have not yet been approved, I will share those with you through a future Pastor’s Note as they become available. In the future, I will be sharing Board minutes with you through the Pastor’s Note. The only items we won’t publish in the minutes will be any items dealing with staff.

Next week, I’m going to drill down more and talk about the day-to-day decisions of the church and how those decisions get made. I had several of you email me with specific questions you have, and if you have more don’t hesitate to send those on to me.

This Sunday, we’ll be starting a new series called Enough. We’re going to be exploring the idea of contentment and how through Christ we can say we have more than enough.

I can’t wait to see you on Sunday!