District SPRC Workshop: Pastor/Staff/Parish Relations Committee Rev. Timothy
District SPRC Workshop: Pastor/Staff/Parish Relations Committee Rev. Timothy J. Russell, Assistant to the Bishop Presenter Who is a member of the Staff / Pastor Parish Relations Committee? 5-9 professing members of a local charge At least one member shall be a young adult and one member
may be a youth In addition, the lay leader and a lay member of AC shall be members Organized into three classes The Chair and members are nominated by the Committee on Lay Leadership and elected by the Charge Conference. No staff member or immediate family member of a pastor or staff member may serve on the committee.
Only one person from the same household may serve. Each church on a charge must have representation The committee will meet at least quarterly. The committee shall meet only with the knowledge of the
pastor and/or the district superintendent. The pastor shall be present at each meeting of the S/PPRC except when he or she voluntarily excuses himself or herself. The committee may meet with the ds without the pastor or appointed staff under consideration being present. However, the pastor or appointed staff under consideration shall be notified prior to such a meeting with the ds and be brought
into consultation immediately thereafter. The committee shall meet in closed session, and information shared in the committee shall be confidential. The Duties of the Committee on Staff/Pastor/Parish Relations are numerous. They are
outlined in the Book of Discipline Paragraph 258.2(g). 1. To encourage, strengthen, nurture, support, and respect the pastor(s) and staff and their family 2. To promote unity in the church(es)
. To confer with, and counsel the pastor(s) and staff on matters pertaining to the effectiveness of ministry; relationships with the congregation; conditions that may impede the effectiveness of ministry; and to interpret the nature and function of the ministry.
4. to confer with, consult, and counsel the pastor(s) and staff on matters pertaining to priorities in the use of gifts, skills, and time and priorities for the demands and effectiveness of the mission and ministry of the congregation. Prioritizing The Work Of Ministry
Helping your church reach its fullest potential Ministry does not look the same in every church and every generation. The role of the pastor includes preaching, teaching, administration, pastoral care, overseeing staff, and much more.
No pastor will excel in every area of ministry and it would be unrealistic to expect otherwise. Also, the needs of the local church will vary from place to place and over time the results of what the church needs in a pastor will vary. It is helpful then, to establish some goals for prioritizing the work of ministry.
The goals for prioritizing the work of ministry are simple: 1. Improve communication between the pastor and the S/PPRC. 2. Clarify the expectations of the S/PPRC with regard to the ministry of the pastor based on the mission of the church.
3. Come to a basic agreement on the areas of ministry which will be priorities for the pastoral leadership Rules for setting these priorities: 1. No more than three ministry areas may receive a ranking of 1, or Top priority.
2. No more than three of these areas may receive a ranking of 2, or important priority. Ministry areas: Spiritual Preparation: Personal prayer, Bible Study, spiritual retreats, reading for spiritual growth, receiving spiritual direction, self-care.
Worship Leadership: Preaching, conducting worship, organizing and planning worship service, creating inspiring worship, attention to issues such as the pace and energy of the worship service, assisting persons to participate in worship, administration of the sacraments, etc. Administration: Working with committees, completing
required paperwork, reviewing and revising policies and procedures, organizing the church, intentional day-to-day involvement in the financial and facilities operation of the church, etc. Discipleship: Teaching, leading Bible studies, serving as a spiritual director, encouraging those in the church to grow in their faith, challenging people to tithe,
expanding the number of small groups and/or Sunday School classes, etc. Outreach: Involvement in missions, leading the church to help those in need, participating in local and /or foreign mission trips, challenging the church to take seriously the needs of the homeless, hungry, lower income persons, and
those in poverty or prison. Evangelism: Spends time with people who are not yet participating in the life of the church, challenges the church to reach those not active in a church, clearly presents the salvation message of Jesus to others, trains and equips people in the church to share their faith with others, etc.
Pastoral Care: Hospital and home visitation, counseling, caring ministry, funerals, contacting shut-ins, etc. Leadership: Leading the church into Gods vision for it, identifying, equipping, and developing emerging laity leaders, providing a strong sense
of direction for the ministries of the church, hands on management of staff, casting vision, etc. Denominational Involvement: Serving on committees and task groups for the denomination, mentoring candidates for ministry, attending denominational meetings, expressing leadership beyond the local church, etc.
Other: Some churches have special or unique expressions of ministry that may create a priority for the pastor. This could be a preschool in which the pastor is expected to participate in supervision of staff and providing weekly chapel experience, a large ministry to homeless persons in which the pastor is expected to serve etc.
Okay, Weve got that part covered. We have helped the pastor prioritize ministry. Whats next?? 5. To provide evaluation at least annually for the use of the pastor(s) and staff in an ongoing effective ministry
and for identifying continuing educational needs and plans. The 2013 SPRC Evaluation form for pastors seeks to focus on the strengths of the
pastor and the congregation. They go from strength to strength; the God of gods will be seen in Zion. Psalm 84:7
There are four simple questions: 1. What are the three greatest strengths of your congregation? 2. What are the three greatest strengths of the pastor? 3. Where are our growing edges, as a congregation and pastor?
4. As we continue to watch over one another in love, how can we help one another grow as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ? The focus of this process is assessment. The process is not about personality, but
effectiveness and developing a plan to be helpful to the pastoral leadership and the church. The Goal is to agree upon a focused and shared ministry with a mutual covenant to glorify God in every way.
Back to the duties of the S/PPRC . To communicate and interpret to the congregation the nature and function of ministry in The United Methodist Church regarding open itinerancy, the preparation for ordained ministry, and the Ministerial Education Fund.
7. To develop and approve written job descriptions and titles for associate pastors and other staff members in cooperation with the senior pastor. The term associate pastor is used as a general term to indicate any pastoral appointment in the local church other than the pastor in charge (see par. 339). Committees shall be encouraged to develop specific titles for associate pastors
that reflect the job descriptions and expectations. To consult with the pastor and staff concerning continuing education and spiritual renewal, to arrange with the church council for the necessary time and financial assistance for the attendance of the pastor and/or staff at such continuing education and spiritual renewal events as may
serve their professional and spiritual growth, and to encourage staff members to seek professional certification in their fields of specialization. 9. To enlist, interview, evaluate, review, and recommend annually to the charge conference lay preachers and persons for candidacy for ordained ministry (see BOD 247.8 and 310),
and to enlist and refer to the General Board of Global Ministries persons for candidacy for missionary service. Neither the pastor nor any member of the committee on S/PPR shall be present during the consideration of a candidacy application or renewal for a member of their immediate family. The committee shall provide to the charge conference a list of students from the
charge who are preparing for ordained ministry, diaconal ministry, and/or missionary, and shall maintain contact with these students, supplying the charge conference with a progress report on each student. 10. To interpret preparation for ordained ministry and the Ministerial Education Fund to the congregation.
11. To confer with the pastor and/or other appointed members of the staff if it should become evident that the best interests of the charge and the pastor(s) will be served by a change of pastor(s). The committee shall cooperate with the pastor(s), the district superintendent, and the bishop in securing clergy leadership. Its relationship to the
district superintendent and the bishop shall be advisory only. The PPRC Role in Appointment Making
Annual Evaluation (due ) Charge and Pastor Profiles (due February 4) Consultation (January March) Introductory Visit (April May) 12. To recommend to the church council, after consultation with the pastor, the professional
and other staff positions (whether employee or contract) needed to carry out the work of the church or charge. The committee and the pastor shall recommend to the church council a written statement of policy and procedures regarding the process for hiring, contracting, evaluating, promoting, retiring, and dismissing staff personnel who are not subject to
episcopal appointment as ordained clergy. Until such a policy has been adopted, the committee and the pastor shall have the authority to hire, contract, evaluate, promote, retire and dismiss non-appointed personnel. When persons are hired or contracted, consideration shall be given to the training qualifications and
certification standards set forth by the general Church agency to which such positions are related. The committee shall further recommend to the church council a provision for adequate health and life insurance and severance pay for all lay employees. In addition, the committee shall recommend that the church council provide; effective on and after
January 1, 2006, 100% vested pension benefits of at least 3% of compensation for lay employees of the local church who work at least 20 hours/week, are at least 21 years of age, and have at least one year of permanent service. The church council shall have authority to provide such pension benefits through either a nondenominational pension program administered
by the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits or another pension program administered by another pension provider. . To recommend to the charge conference, when the size of the employed staff of the charge makes it desirable, the establishment of a personnel committee. This committee shall be composed of
such members S/PPRC as it may designate and such additional members as the charge conference may determine. 4. To educate the church community on the value of diversity of selection in clergy and lay staff and develop a commitment to same. 5. Members of the S/PPRC shall keep themselves
informed of personnel matters in relationship to the Churchs policy, professional standards, liability issues, and civil law. They are responsible for communicating and interpreting such matters to staff. Committee members should make themselves available for educational, and training opportunities provided by the conference, the district, and/or other arenas that will enable
them to be effective in their work. . To consult on matters pertaining to pulpit supply, proposals for compensation, travel expense, vacation, health and life insurance, pension, housing (which may be a church-owned parsonage or housing allowance in lieu of a parsonage if in compliance with the policy of the annual conference)
and other practical matters affecting the work and families of the pastor and staff, and to make annual recommendations regarding such matters to the church council, and reporting budget items to the finance committee. The parsonage is to be mutually respected by the pastors family as the property of the church and
by the church as a place of privacy for the pastors family. The chairperson of the S/PPRC , the chairperson of the board of trustees, and the pastor shall make an annual review of the church owned parsonage to assure proper maintenance. Now that you know your responsibilities,
you might ask yourself Why serve on the S/PPRC ? Those whom we support hold us up in life. Marie Ebner von
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