Governance Board Begins Work
On November 19, 2017 the members of University United Methodist Church adopted a motion to move from our Administrative Board model for church governance to a single board model for policy and governance. The plan presented by the task force to the congregation didn’t involve a complete transition to a single board. Instead, the recommendation was to maintain our Staff-Parish Relations Committee, Finance Committee, Missions Committee and Board of Trustees while making the membership of these groups smaller. The transition plan calls for these committees and boards to reduce their memberships to the smallest number allowed by the Book of Discipline by December 31, 2018. These standing committees and boards may be kept in place indefinitely but the transition plan does allow the Governance Board to petition future Church Conferences to dissolve those standing committees by a vote of the congregation if that is deemed to be in the best interest of the church.
The new Governance Board is tasked with keeping the vision, mission and values of the church before the congregation. The Board has met twice thus far for orientation and for training. Their first regular business meeting will be on Sunday, February 11, beginning at noon. At that meeting they will begin to review existing church policies, look at existing groups and ministries in the church, consider which parts, if any, of our Vital Church Initiative report will be a part of our strategic plans moving forward and they will consider the budget presented to them by the finance committee. They will also consider how best to direct the work of the pastor, staff and standing committees in the church so that we are effective and faithful in carrying out our vision, mission and values.
Our new board members are Gretchen Couraud (chair), Susan Curtis, Ellen Alward (one year terms), Andy Kilpatrick, Peter Berg, Susan Holloway (two year terms), Zach Constan, Lynn Paine, Kee Tsai (three year terms) and Debbie Stevenson (secretary). They have already been at work reviewing ministries, membership and financial information. Starting from scratch, they have a lot of information to assimilate and a great deal of work to do. They are, without a doubt, up to the leadership task to which they have been elected. Nonetheless this new group of leaders certainly appreciates your prayers and encouragement as they begin this new ministry of leadership on our behalf.