You need me to do what?

Have you ever been asked/begged/beseeched to serve on a church committee that you didn’t truly understand? Did you eventually agree because of the recruiter’s encouraging/pleading/desperate tone? (Was your agreement an act of mercy, perhaps?) If you’ve recently found yourself on a committee you don’t understand, fear not! There are several places to find guidance.

On the Central Texas Conference website, we’ve created a section dedicated to resources  that will help you understand your role and serve your church more effectively. First, we’ve noted some basic characteristics of healthy committees/teams, such as clarity of purpose. Regardless of your group’s particular focus, some general principles apply.

For specific roles, Discipleship Ministries  (GBOD) offers suggested job descriptions and resource pages for common UM church committees. (To prevent being overwhelmed, click the box next to the topic in which you are interested.) In addition to written resources, check out the archived webinar videos .

Guidelines_Pastor ParishCokesbury has also published a series of brief, affordable booklets in the series Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation, 2013-2016 . To save on shipping, you can purchase each title as a downloadable PDF.

Confusion of purpose frustrates existing team members and discourages new leaders. By understanding your committee’s role and responsibilities, you’ll be able to make a significant contribution to your church’s ministry. Churches depend on dedicated and gifted lay leaders.

Even if your agreement to serve on a committee was reluctant/confused/coerced, your service is valuable to your church. Before you know it, you’ll be inviting others to serve with you. How to do so without pleading/begging/coercing will be the subject of a future post. . .