Jonesboro First United Methodist Church
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Gather - Grow - Give - Go... with Gratitude!

JFUMC Organization

It is the organization of The United Methodist Church that creates a structure for connectionalism. The United Methodist Church is intentionally decentralized and democratic. Clergy and laity alike help determine the ministry and workings of The United Methodist Church through their actions in their local churches, annual conferences, general agencies and through petitions and resolutions they send to General Conference, and through the voting delegates who go to General Conference, the only body that can set official policy for the church. It is individuals, the people called United Methodists, who make possible the connection of hearts, minds, hands and lives as the body of Christ around the world.

It is primarily at the level of the local church that the church encounters the world. The local church is a strategic base from which Christians move out to the structures of society…Therefore, the local church is to minister to persons in the community where the church is located…to cooperate in ministry with other local churches…and to participate in the worldwide mission of the church... (2004 Book of Discipline)

Most individuals have their initial contact with the denomination in the local church. Some local church members don't realize that they are part of a bigger whole-the connection: an annual conference, a jurisdiction, the General Church, and churches and annual conferences around the world. 

The Book of Discipline outlines rules and organization that local churches must follow, but there is also room for a local church to express its ministry according to the community and its congregation.

JFUMC follows the UMC polity as described in the Book of Discipline.  The ministries of the church are overseen by the Church Council.  Within that group are four areas that arise from our vision for ministry: gather, grow, give and go.  In addition there are three administrative committees whose job is to provide the resources for the ministries approved by the Church Council.  These committees are Staff-Parish Relations, Finance, and Trustees