Council on Ministies
The people of The United Methodist Church are part of the second largest Protestant denomination in the United States. Our worldwide connection includes approximately 12.8 million members. We trace our heritage back to the movement begun in 1729 in England by John and Charles Wesley.
The church does not have a single headquarters or executive, but is governed by the General Conference, the Council of Bishops and the Judicial Council.
The Book of Discipline outlines the rules and organization that churches must follow providing room to adapt the church’s unique ministries and mission to the needs and culture of its congregation and the community.
The local church is governed by the Charge Conference. All of the members of First United Methodist Church in DeKalb are members of the Charge Conference. The Charge Conference generally meets once a year, near the end of the year, under the leadership of the District Superintendent. At this meeting, the church’s leaders are elected, and any other matters requiring a vote of the Charge Conference are addressed.
Our Leadership team is organized into a Council on Ministry (COM) structure. The 2020 COM is led by a Chairperson and includes: Vice-chair, the recording secretary, President of UMW, President of UMM, Lay Leader, Treasurer, Youth Representatives, and Advocates who represent all of the other committees of the church organized into our three core values: Love, Serve, Connect, and the pastors. In addition, COM includes the Chairpersons of SPRC (Staff Parish Relations), Trustees, and Finance.
representing our youth
SPRC, Kellyn Lawrence
This committee fulfills the “Human Resources” functions, including hiring, development and retention of staff; working with clergy; advising and supporting; and dealing with problems.
815/751 -4388 (cell)
President UMW, Marilyn Rausch
the UMW ‘s purpose is to know God and experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand the concepts through participation in the Global Ministries of the church.
815 764 -9406 (cell)
The purpose of the Advocates is to bring about a more cohesive and comprehensive plan for realizing our vision of Living Christ’s Presence through Love and Service.
The Advocate for Loving, TBD, helps coordinate, encourage and support the efforts of all groups who are part of worship and faith-deepening ministries.
The Advocate for Connecting, TBD, helps coordinate, encourage and support the efforts of all groups who are engaged in hospitality and in nurturing relationships among church members and the community.
Director of Music Ministries
Traditional (9:00 am)
Contemporary -- SHINE
Community -- R.E.A.L.
Red Bird Mission
Summer Lunch and More
R.E.A.L community meal
Computer Lab Task Force
Ushers and Greeters