Recently I was invited to attend a church luncheon for people who wanted to learn more about membership at Mason UMC. I enjoyed meeting some new people and learning about their journey. We had a nice lunch and then talked about Mason UMC. My job was to tell them about the role and functioning of The Leadership Board. On the way home from the lunch, it dawned on me that it may not be a bad idea to refresh everyone about this topic. (I realize this is not very exciting, but I hope it is helpful.) So here goes:
In 2012 MUMC approved moving to a single board model of governance. The objective was and is to engage and empower more people to do effective ministry and less time in meetings talking about ministry. Under this model:
The Leadership Board and other ministry areas take on the functions of committees required by the Discipline resulting in a reduction of the number of meetings for administrative business.
We have a decision-making process that works more effectively and is closer to the area of implementation.
We continue to move MUMC from a church-centric (inward) focus to a mission-centric (outward) focus.
WHAT THE BOARD LOOKS LIKE
The Leadership Board consists of 9 MUMC members. The Lead Pastor is a non-voting member. Each year 3 members rotate off the Board and 3 new members are elected at a MUMC church conference.
The major Board responsibilities include:
Approving needed policies & procedures
Approving the budget and providing financial oversight
Holding the pastor accountable to the management of the above
Current board Members are:
Class of 2017 - Ken Black, Sharon Frankart, Jill Keefe
Class of 2018 - Chris Foss, Kathy Savage, Kristen Smith
Class of 2019 - Joe Pearce, Lisa Stouffer, Nancy Thomas
A complete list of membership criteria, Nomination procedures, and Board responsibilities is available at the Welcome Desk.
The result of this restructuring is that MUMC is now a board governed, pastor-led, staff/volunteer-managed church where the congregation is equipped and empowered to do ministry.
It helps us move to a mission-centric congregation
It allows us to use more resources in ministry
Ministry leaders are more empowered
Facilitate a decision-making process that works in this fast-changing world
The Leadership Board and staff has used the following chart to help keep us focused on our roles and responsibilities:
MASON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH ORGANIZATIONAL
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Volunteer/paid Staff's Role: MANAGEMENTPastor's Role: LEADERSHIPLeadership Board's Role: GOVERNANCE
Executes with excellenceDirects with excellenceProtects with excellence
Does things rightDoes the right thingsDefines what is right
Contributes efficiencyContributes effectivenessContributes accountability
Answers to the PastorAnswers to the Leadership BoardAnswers to the church
Translates vision into actionTranslates purpose into visionArticulates the purpose
Links Pastor to ministriesLinks staff to the Leadership BoardLinks church to God
Operates within boundariesEnforces boundariesEstablishes boundaries
Runs tactical operationsRuns strategic operationsWrites and monitors policy
Meets frequentlyMeets with staff and Leadership BoardMeets at least quarterly
Solves problems of todaySolves problems of tomorrowPrioritizes the problems
Based on the "Accountable Leadership Table" from "Winning on Purpose" by John Edmund Kaiser
I hope this information offers some clarity about how our board functions and ways it gives ministry leaders more freedom and flexibility to go about the task of equipping disciples to live God's mission to renew the face of the earth.
I give thanks for Dale, our dedicated staff and board and this congregation. Together we serve an awesome God.