Governance of Lancaster United Methodist Church




Our lay leaders, along with our staff, fulfill the biblical roles of elders and deacons, shepherds and teachers. Throughout the New Testament, leaders are called to be examples to the rest of the church.

As leaders, they are held to higher standards than other members.

Paul sets forth lists of attributes of elders and deacons in his letters to the early church. Leaders should be “above reproach” and “not be puffed up with conceit” among other things.

Peter, likewise, challenges leaders to be “examples to the flock” and to exercise leadership with a willing heart.

Because leaders are held to a higher standard, James says, “not many of you should become teachers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.”


As leaders, we set the tone and pace for the entire congregation. We model the Christian faith, the Christian life, and the attitude and heart of a Christian for our congregation. We shape the heart, character and life of this Christian community.

For this reason, it is vital that we walk the Christian walk. Spiritually healthy leaders will produce a spiritually healthy church. Likewise, leaders who fail to walk with Christ will have devastating consequences.

With this in mind, we have standards to hold ourselves accountable to pursuing the Christian life. And in so doing, we recognize that it is God’s grace which calls forth our faithful response, and it is God’s grace which brings such transformation in our lives.








Basic Committee Descriptions

All-Church Conference / Annual Meeting (Charge Conference)

Each year, the church invites all members to the All- Church Conference / All-Church Annual Meeting (also known as our "Charge Conference"), in order to vote on important matters of administration and ministry. 

This annual Church Conference represents the highest level of temporal authority within the local church. 

In order to provide oversight and leadership throughout the year, the Administrative Board serves as our Church Conference’s executive agency, monitoring ministry progress on a monthly basis and giving guidance on important matters with voting if necessary. All this is in accordance with the United Methodist Church's Book of Discipline.   

Administrative Board 

The Board's primary duties include setting strategic direction for the church, overseeing the church’s governance and administration, and ensuring that Lancaster UMC ministries are accomplishing the church’s purpose, vision and plans. 

Meetings are generally held on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 pm.  Questions: Contact Steve McDougal, our 2010 President at


Committee on Lay Leadership & Nominations 
The Committee on Lay Leadership (CLL & Nom.s) is oversees the identification and development of volunteer leadership at Lancaster UMC. The Committee supports the care for the volunteers at LUMC by inviting, connecting, equipping and sustaining volunteers for Christian service.

Meetings are generally held on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 pm.  Initiatives include the nominations process, the Volunteer Management Practices and developing tools for church leaders. Questions: Contact Shirley Sayles at


Stewardship & Finance Committee 
The Stewardship & Finance Committee develops and administers a coordinated plan of fiscal and administrative policies and procedures for the church. It oversees the financial health, the annual audit, provides financial direction; and communicates the church’s financial condition to the Church Council.

The Committee also generates awareness of gift planning; promotes planned gifts; receives, invests, and administers in trust for Foundation bequests, trusts and trust funds.

Members should possess financial or fund raising expertise, e.g., financial officer, management, sales, marketing, or fund raising background.  Meetings are generally held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 pm.  Questions: Contact Fred Bush at


Staff Parish Relations Committee
The Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) acts as a liaison between the clergy, staff and the congregation.  The committee reflects biblically on the role and work of our pastors and staff as they carry out their responsibilities. This committee also works to ensure that Lancaster UMC is a fulfilling place to work. 

Meetings are usually held on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 pm.  Members cannot be related to a Lancaster UMC staff member.  Questions: Contact Don Gatlin at


Board of Trustees 
This Board is charged with the care and maintenance of church property- real, personal, financial and intellectual.  It holds title to property, buildings and equipment. It is also responsible for managing and receiving property for the church.

Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month.  Trustees must be at least eighteen years of age. Major items include building repair/renovation, space planning, disaster planning, traffic management, and security. Questions: Contact Mike Vogel at


Footprints Christian Children Center Board 
The Board has the responsibility to run the day to day operations of our Children's Center which includes Infant care, Preschool and After-School care.  Members should possess education/administration expertise, e.g., management, sales, marketing, or fund raising background.  Questions: Contact Susan Zahn at



Basic Committees and Ministry Teams  

     Our church has a governing board and five basic committees to take care of the "background resources" we need to do ministry in God's name.

     Our Ministry Teams carry our God's vision and mission through their outreach activities. 

     Ministry Teams are organized differently than the basic committees having teams of people "self-selecting" and gathering around a vision or mission need.
     Their leader recongized by the Administrative Board and can then ask for funds in order to do their outreach.
     A list of our Mission Teams and their leaders is found in our "Vision for Lancaster United Methodist Church" along with our currently elected Basic Committee leaders.


 Nominations in June...

 The process for nominations for the church’s committees is on a yearly basis and our church fiscal & nomination year begins July 1.  Individual vacancies are filled by the Administrative Council as needed.

Please contact Pastor Terry Van Hook for our guidelines for leadership at

The 2011 nomination slate will be presented for approval at the All Church Annual Meeting (Charge Conference) on Nov. 21, 2010. 

Further information regarding the church’s nomination process may be directed to our church’s Lay Leader, Shirley Sayles at



  Current Basic Committee Members

  1. Administrative Board Members

  2. Lay Leadership & Nominations Committee Members

  3. Stewardship & Finance Committee Members

  4. Staff Parish Relations Committee Members

  5. Board of Trustees Members 

  6. Footprints Christian Children's Center Board Member