Staff-Parish Relations Committee

An effective committee builds a strong positive relationship between staff and congregation so that the congregation makes disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. This committee will work with the lead pastor and other staff to fulfill legal and ethical responsibilities related to staff.

The chair is the congregation’s primary connection with the district superintendent and bishop related to the appointed leadership of the congregation. This individual leads the committee by preparing and communicating the agenda for meetings, leading the meetings, and following up on actions by assigning responsibility for implementation. This person should become familiar with United Methodist resources and organizations (The Book of Discipline, 2016, paragraph 258.2).

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Additional resources

Expectations of Pastoral Leadership 

Understanding Pastoral Changes

Pastor Parish Relations Committee (Guidelines Booklet Series) ISBN 13: 9781501829864

Staff and Pastor-Parish Relations Training video, Arkansas Conference of The United Methodist Church