Jonesboro First United Methodist Church
Monday, February 24, 2020
Gather - Grow - Give - Go... with Gratitude!

Church Council

The purpose of the Church Council is to

plan a program of nurture, outreach, and witness

implement the plan

provide an administrative infrastructure

align the plan with the mission of the church

evaluate the effectiveness of the plan

act as the administrative agency of the charge conference

The church council exists to create a strategic plan for a local congregation. Therefore, its primary work is one of leadership rather than management. This is an important distinction to make. Leadership is the visionary, "big picture" work that assesses critically where the congregation is at the present moment, where God is calling it to be in the future, and what resources will be required to move from the current reality into the desired reality. Management is the essential "detail work" that must be accomplished on a daily basis to make the congregation effective.

The church council model reflects and continues a historic tradition within the Church. Jesus called twelve disciples to be together in the leadership of the early Christian movement (Luke 5:1-11, 27-32; 6:12-16). Following the resurrection and ascension of Jesus, leaders of "the Way" often convened in groups to make decisions and to support each other in the work of mission and disciple- making. Acts 15 describes the Council formed at Jerusalem. Throughout the letters of Paul, especially in Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12, leadership in the congregation is described as the shared work of spiritually graced men and women-the body of Christ. A church council is greater than the sum of its parts. Gifted individuals-knit together in faith, love, and commitment and empowered and guided by the Holy Spirit-can accomplish much more than any individual. We honor and glorify God best when we become the body of Christ together.

-From Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation: Church Council, 2005-2008 , p.6-7. Copyright © 2004 by Cokesbury. As provided on the official United Methodist Church website (

Tasks of the Church Council

  1. Serves as the primary administrative body of the charge conference and oversees the management and programming of the local church.
  2. Plans and carries out programs that fulfill the congregation's nurturing, outreaching, and witnessing ministries.
  3. Leads the visioning and strategic planning process within the church.
  4. Fills vacancies in lay leadership positions that occur between meetings of the charge conference.
  5. Approves the church budget and ensures that the financial needs of the church are met.
  6. Makes recommendations for the compensation, benefits, and housing for the pastor(s) and other church staff.

-Adapted from The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church--2004, ¶252. Copyright © 2004 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.

JFUMC's Church Council meets every other month (6 times per year).  All church members are not only welcome at council meetings, but are encouraged to attend.  The ministry area chairs (gather, grow, give, and go) are required attendees, but any of the members or chairs of the committees in these areas are always welcome as well.

The members of the Church Council at JFUMC are:

Vice Chair
Recording Secretary
Lay Leader
Associate Lay Leader
Staff-Parish Relations Com. Chair
Finance Committee Chair
Trustee Chair
Barnabas Coordinator
Lay Representatives to Annual Conference*
United Methodist Women President
United Methodist Men President
Youth Coordinator
Appointed Pastors
 Music Liaison
Children’s Director
Preschool Director
Nursery Director
 Gather Chair
Grow Chair
Give Chair
Go Chair