Official UM Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation 2009-2012

The task of the church is to reach out to people and receive them in the name of Jesus Christ, to relate them to God, to nurture and strengthen them in their journey of discipleship, and to send them into the world to live as disciples of Jesus Christ.

What does this have to do with you? We accomplish the task of the church through effective ministries. Effective ministries are created by persons like you who are called to create a dynamic connection between vision and action.  The Guidelines are handbooks to help you create this connection. If you are new to the task, the Guidelines will tell you how to

  • discover the vision and mission of your congregation,
  • organize the work of your ministry to support that vision,
  • create, inspire, and nurture your work team,
  • network with other ministry areas, and
  • take actions that connect vision to reality to live your faith.

Not only will your leadership make a difference in your local church and beyond, you will also discover that practicing spiritual leadership -- modeling the means of grace through acts of mercy and works of piety -- will deeply enrich your own spiritual journey.

If you are an experienced leader, share the Guidelines with the members of your team. Most of the Guidelines begin with a simple job description (What's My Job?) and progress through "how to" section of helpful, practical ideas, tips, models, and schedules to help you channel information, encouragement, vision, and focus to your team and the congregation.

The twenty-six Guidelines cover church leadership areas including Church Council, Pastor, and Lay Leader/Lay Member; the administrative areas of Financeand Trustees; and ministry areas focused on nurture, outreach, and witness including worship, Evangelism, Stewardship, age level ministries, Communications, and more.


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