Serving on a Committee

There are a variety of committees at Centreville United Methodist Church that oversee various aspects of our ministries and life together. Committee members are appointed and confirmed to serve on these committees during the last Charge Conference. We invite members of our congregation to pray for these volunteers as they seek to serve God through their faithful service to the church.

Congregants are welcome to observe any committee meetings, and all committee meetings are open with the exception of the Committee of Staff-Parish Relations, which is closed to respect confidentiality concerns. If you would like to speak at a committee meeting, contact the committee’s chairperson beforehand. Please check the online church calendar, or call the office, to verify the meeting time and room on any given month as details are subject to change based on the life of the church.

If you are interested in joining and serving on a committee please reach out to Pastor Michael, the church Lay Leader, or the church office, to express your interest and receive more information. Below is some additional information about some of the committees of the church, as outlined by the United Methodist Church.



Church Council

 

Committee Purpose

The church council provides 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.

Committee Composition

Members of the church council shall be involved in the mission and ministry of the congregation and shall consist of persons who represent the program ministries of the church–including the lay leader; pastor; chairpersons of the committee on staff-parish relations, the committee on finance and memorials, the committee on missions, the committee on education, and the board of trustees; church treasurer; lay members of the Annual Conference; and other positions as deemed helpful.

Time Commitments

Members will be called to meetings every month on the first Tuesday of the month, each with a duration of approximately one hour thirty minutes. The annual charge conference will be held sometime in the last quarter of the year with a date and time to be announced by our District Superintendent.

Questions? Contact Chair, Bernie Eash through the church office.


Board of Trustees

 

Committee Purpose

The trustees supervise and maintain all property belonging to the church (property, grounds, equipment, investments, and resources) so that the ministries of the congregation can be effective. Other activities include, but are not limited to, insurance management and annual reporting.

Committee Composition

The board of trustees is composed of not more than nine members and no fewer than three. In order to ensure continuity and experience, members are divided into three classes (designated by year) with an equal number in each class. Every year, one new class is elected to serve a three-year term, with the oldest member class rotating off the committee. The board of trustees elects its own chairperson. Two-thirds of the board must be professing members of the United Methodist Church.

Time Commitments

Meetings are held one the first Monday of each month, each with a duration of approximately 1 to 2 hours.

Questions? Contact Chair, Steve Clark through the church office.


Financial Ministries

 

Committee Purpose

This committee serves throughout the year to guide the church council on matters regarding financial stewardship of the church’s financial resources. Activities include, but are not limited to, budgeting; counting, depositing and dispersing funds; and audit functions.

Committee Composition

The committee on finance is composed of the chairperson, the pastor(s), lay members of the annual conference, the chairperson of the church council, the chairperson or a representative of the committee on staff-parish relations, a representative of the board of trustees elected by the trustees, the chairperson of stewardship, the lay leader, the financial secretary, the treasurer, the church business administrator, and other members to be added as the charge conference may determine. The financial secretary, treasurer, and church business administrator, if paid employees, shall be members without vote. In order to ensure continuity and experience, members are divided into three classes (designated by year) with an equal number in each class. Every year, one new class is elected to serve a three-year term, with the oldest member class rotating off the committee.

Time Commitments

Meetings are held each first Tuesday of the month, with a duration of approximately 1 hour.

Questions? Contact Chair, John Friedel through the church office.


Lay Leadership Ministries

 

Committee Purpose

This committee identifies the gifts and strengths of people in the congregation to serve on the church council, committee on nominations, board of trustees, committee on finance, or staff-parish relations committee. The committee on nominations guides the church council on matters regarding leadership in the congregation and deploys persons according to their gifts and passion in areas of service within the church.

Committee Composition

This committee is to be composed of not more than nine persons, in addition to the pastor and the lay leader. At least one young adult elected by the charge conference shall serve as a member of the committee. One or more members elected by the charge conference may be youth. The pastor shall be the chairperson. A layperson elected by the committee on nominations and leadership development shall serve as the vice-chairperson of the committee. In order to ensure continuity and experience, members are divided into three classes (designated by year) with an equal number in each class. Every year, one new class is elected to serve a three-year term, with the oldest member class rotating off the committee. Retiring members may not succeed themselves.

Time Commitments

Members will be called to approximately 2 to 6 meetings each year, each with a duration of approximately 1 to 2 hours. You may be called upon outside of the structured meeting times for 2 to 8 hours over the course of the year for the execution of your responsibilities outside of the committee’s meetings.

Questions? Contact Chair, Pastor Michael through the church office.


Memorial Committee

 

Committee Purpose

The Memorial Committee’s purpose is to select and place appropriate gifts, which will be used in the Lord’s service. The gifts should be in harmony with the desires of the donors as well as with the needs of the church family. The committee is responsible for proper recognition and for extending a written thank you letter, in a timely manner, for each donation received.

Committee Composition

The Memorial Committee is not governed by the Book of Discipline. Our local church decided for the committee to be represented by nine committee members with three-year terms. Every year, three people rotate in and three people rotate off. There is a committee chairperson, treasurer, secretary, and an optional memorial correspondent.

Time Commitments

The Memorial committee meets once quarterly, with special meetings added as needed. The quarterly meeting generally lasts for 1.5 hours. Either the committee chairperson or a designated member attends the monthly Church Council if there is business to review with the Council.

Questions? Contact Chair, Kathy Knautz through the church office.


Missions Committee

 

Committee Purpose

The mission of the Missions committee of the Centreville United Methodist Church is to show the world by physically demonstrating our faith. The committee shows the church’s commitment to witnessing for Christ through a diverse array of programs. We may do this by helping local families with the financial resources to stay in their homes, keeping their lights, heat, water and food sources available. We may help fix their homes by repairing roofs, repainting, doing electrical or plumbing or travel to far countries such as Uganda or Mexico to help with medical needs and show the people how to use their skills to maintain a healthy lifestyle. We may work with local organizations to promote cancer awareness, promote the Vacation Bible School program for the youth in the community or promote Camping opportunities to the church family.

Committee Composition

A committee of seven (7) people suggest and promote these programs.

Time Commitments

They meet on the first Monday of January, March, May, July, September, and November at 7:00.

Questions? Contact Chair, Steve Clark through the church office.


Staff-Parish Relations Commitee

 

Committee Purpose

The staff-parish relations committee (SPRC) has the responsibility of administering the relationship between staff, congregation, and the district superintendent so that the mission of the church moves forward. Activities include but are not limited to pastor and staff encouragement, church unity, and staff details (job descriptions, time management, evaluations, continuing education, benefits, and personnel policies).

Committee Composition

The SPRC is composed of not more than nine members–in addition to the lay leader and lay members of the annual conference–and is composed of no less than five members. In order to ensure continuity and experience, members are divided into three classes (designated by year) with an equal number in each class. Every year, one new class is elected to serve a three-year term, with the oldest member class rotating off the committee. One member shall be a young adult, and one member may be a youth. The SPRC shall meet in closed session, and information shared in the SPRC shall be confidential. The SPRC shall meet only with the knowledge of the pastor and/or the district superintendent.

Time Commitments

The SPRC is required to meet at least quarterly and typically meets on the second Wednesday of every month. Additional committee meetings may be called by the bishop, the district superintendent, the pastor, any other person accountable to the committee, or the chairperson of the committee. Each meeting will have a duration of approximately 1 to 2 hours.

Questions? Contact Chair, Michael Davis through the church office.


Worship Committee

 

Committee Purpose

The worship committee works side-by-side with the pastor in the planning, designing, and creation of worship services. This includes music, art, liturgy, dramas, themes, etc. Members also typically are active leaders during worship services include reading Scripture, leading singing, and more.

Committee Composition

The worship committee is composed of around nine members, including the lay leader. As the committee has only recently been brought back, members are asked to serve for two to three years, and the plan is to establish classes of three-year cycles (like most other committees) in the next year or so. This is intended to help the committee to establish itself, get in a good working model, and having time to gel.

Time Commitments

Currently, the committee is meeting every month on the fourth Thursday of every month. Additional meetings may be called as needed, especially around certain church holidays and seasons where more planning is required. Members are also encouraged, but required, to participate in worship through regular attendance and leadership during services.

Questions? Contact Chair, Pastor Michael through the church office.