Church Leadership

Discipleship Ministries

The United Methodist Church provides descriptions and responsibilities of all the church leadership positions. In these links you can discover:

  • What spiritual gifts & qualifications are helpful to committees
  • What the responsibilities of committees are
  • What the responsibilities of the chairperson
  • Tips on how to get started
  • Agencies that can help
  • Other resources available.

(All descriptions below are provided by www.umcdiscipleship.org)

Below you can find:

Local Church Officer Job Descriptions
(Required Positions)

Special Notes:

  • Every congregation must make provision for including these functions according to The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church, ¶244, ¶249.
  • Positions may be combined except for the financial functions. "The positions of treasurer and financial secretary should not be combined and held by one person, and the persons holding these positions should not be immediate family members (¶258.4)."

Church Council / Administrative Board Chairperson

Book of Discipline (BoD ¶251.3) An effective chairperson provides initiative, coordination, and collaborative leadership for the congregational group that does planning, goal setting, implementation, and evaluation of ministry to fulfill the mission and vision of the congregation. Learn more...


Nominations & Leader Development

(BoD ¶258.1) An effective committee on nominations and leader development identifies, develops, deploys, evaluates, and monitors Christian spiritual leadership so that the congregation carries out the ministries for transformation of the community. The committee guides church leaders (whether called a church council or administrative board or another name) on matters regarding laity in leadership of the congregation. Learn more...


Pastor/Staff-Parish Relations (SPRC)

(BoD ¶258.2) 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. Learn more...



(BoD ¶258.3 & ¶2524 - 2550) Effective trustees will function as Christian stewards of property God has entrusted to the congregation. This includes supervising and maintaining both the physical property of the congregation and gifts made to the congregation so that the ministries of the congregation can be effective and all legal requirements related to the property are satisfied. Learn more...


Finance Chairperson

(BoD ¶258.4) An effective finance committee proposes a budget; then raises, manages, and distributes the financial resources of the congregation to support and strengthen the mission and ministry of the congregation. Learn more...


Financial Secretary

(BoD ¶258.4) An effective financial secretary will receive, record, and deposit all funds received by the congregation in a timely, thorough, and confidential manner. The financial secretary works with the treasurer and committee on finance to develop policies and procedures so that funds can be made available to support the ministry of the congregation. Learn more...



(BoD ¶258.4) An effective church treasurer disburses all funds received into the church treasury in a responsible and organized manner, with funds identified and bills paid when due, so that the ministry of the congregation can be effective. Learn more...


Lay Leader

(BoD ¶251.1) An effective lay leader functions as the primary representative and role model of Christian discipleship and faith lived out in the church and in daily life. The lay leader works with the pastor to fulfill the mission and vision of the congregation. Learn more...


Lay Member of Annual Conference

(BoD ¶251.2) An effective lay member of annual conference informs the congregation about The United Methodist Church in the conference and around the world. This person attends annual conference sessions as a member from the congregation and interprets the actions to the congregation. An effective lay member builds the connection between the congregation and all United Methodist churches. An effective lay member is especially interested in connecting the church of God with people who are not yet part of it. Learn more...

Membership Secretary

(BoD ¶234 & ¶235-242) An effective membership secretary will keep accurate membership records, will help the congregation know its current reality, and will build a plan for growth in professions of faith, baptisms, members, and discipleship. Learn more...

Other Roles

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