Is God prompting you to become more active in the life of GUMC? Not sure how your talents would best be used to carry out GUMC’s mission statement? A brochure is available at the Welcome Center listing all the Administrative Committees and Ministry Teams, their duties, and the requirements/talents needed to serve. Lay nominations are fast approaching. If asked to serve, we hope this will give you the information you need to make a decision in line with how God is calling you.
Any person nominated for an administrative committee must clearly meet two criteria of Church commitment and involvement:
Person nominated to ministry teams should be faithful and regular in giving to the Church and worship attendance. Where there are special circumstances affecting this frequency, such can be considered by the Lead Pastors.
Those nominated for primary leadership roles as Chair or Vice-Chair or as Lay Leaders should clearly exemplify these qualities:
Have a solid spiritual foundation and seek to grow in Christian Discipleship
A 2019 directory of members who currently serve is available at the welcome center and on our website.
This body is the principal decision-making body of our Church. It meets seven to eight times a year and considers all the key information our leaders need to make wise, prayerful, Christ-centered decisions. The exception to this oversight is that the Board does not have the authority over personnel matters. The staff facilitator of the Board is the Senior Pastor.
Most large churches have some form of an Executive Committee. This body of designated key leaders is the primary advisory group to the Senior Pastor and the primary filter through which important decisions go before being received by the Church Board.
GUMC has had such a body for many years now. It consists of the key administrative leaders of the Church and a few persons selected by the Pastor. For GUMC the elected leaders serving here are: Chair and Vice-Chair of the Church Board; the Lay Leaders; Chair of Finance; Chair of Staff-Parish; Chair of Trustees; Chair of Endowment; and again, three persons chosen by the Senior Pastor. This body meets monthly. Between sessions of the Church Board, it functions as the primary decision-making body.
This committee meets several times a year with the responsibility to manage the financial situation of the Church. These leaders review our budget income, our budget expenses, and our pledge giving per our pledge commitments to insure our financial health remains strong. The committee bears the important responsibility of recommending any changes in budget as the overall financial needs dictate. The staff facilitator is the Executive Minister.
In essence, the Staff-Parish Committee is the personnel committee of GUMC, overseeing with the Senior Pastor the staffing needs of our Church. The staffing budget of GUMC is the largest single part of our annual budget and this committee, working with the Pastor and the Finance Committee, prepares and monitors this key area. The staff facilitator of the Board is the Senior Pastor.
The Trustees are responsible for the care and well-being of our GUMC property, the facilities, and the grounds. They are entrusted with essential matters like property and facility upkeep, insurance for our property and our equipment, and working with our facilities staff for the multiple needs we face year to year. While the Lay Leadership suggests appropriate leadership for this body, the committee chooses its own chairperson. The staff facilitators are the Executive Minister and the Campus Manager.
The Endowment Committee is charged with the oversight and management of the GUMC Endowment Fund. Members are selected because of their investment and/or financial expertise and background. This committee chooses its own chairperson rather than receiving a recommendation from the Lay Leadership/Nominations Committee. The staff facilitator is the Executive Minister.
This team seeks to insure that all new members to GUMC are warmly received, are connected with opportunities for spiritual growth in small groups, and are encouraged to actively participate in some part of the life of our Church. Each new member is regularly contacted by a member of the team and there are periodic social activities bringing our new members and this ministry team together. The idea is that our newest folks truly feel hospitably connected. The staff facilitator is Mary Groh, our Membership Shepard.
The Children’s Council works with our children’s ministry staff to dream, plan and develop the overall and extensive children’s opportunities at GUMC. This group is a significant advisory team for Lisa and the staff team. The staff facilitator is Lisa Pierce, Director of Children’s Ministries.
The Christian Education ministry team works with our Christian Education Director to develop a comprehensive and spiritually enriching plan of adult Christian Education. This work covers supporting and guiding Sunday School offerings, planning special programs, and enhancing our Bible study-spiritual growth possibilities. The staff facilitator is Mary Groh, Director of Adult Education.
GUMC has a notable and respected counseling ministry facilitated by two certified and most capable therapists. This ministry team works with our counseling center staff to develop outreach programs for the community, to insure the best services possible, and to support the staff in their needs. The services offered are on a sliding-scale basis with no one refused help who cannot pay. The staff facilitator is the Senior Pastor.
The Evangelism Team of GUMC covers several important matters in our evangelism efforts; outreach to persons who visit and/or are interested in our church; connecting with persons as they continue to relate to GUMC; and planning special experiences which help us reach more persons for Christ. The staff liaison is Yolanda Toney.
Through our Owings Life Enrichment Center, we sponsor a full-scale recreational program which consists of state of the art equipment, classes, personal trainers, sports activities for all ages, and life enrichment offerings. This ministry team also discerns church-wide programs which help persons reflect upon health of body, mind and spirit. The staff facilitator is Zach Harrison, Director of Health and Recreation.
This ministry team has the responsibility of managing and communicating the extensive mission outreach commitments of GUMC; in the community, in the region, and globally. This group also oversees the significant mission budget of GUMC. The staff facilitator is Rev. Erin Beasley.
This group guides the many offerings for Senior Citizens in our church and for the community. GUMC, through this active team, provides numerous programs, activities and outings which enrich persons in the later years of life. The leader is Luci Cromer.
One of the ongoing goals of GUMC is to provide multiple opportunities for members and others to grow in their spiritual walk. This team plans and develops a variety of offerings for such development during the year. The goal is to have more and more persons grow in Christ by the opportunities our church provides. The staff facilitator is Rev. Erin Beasley.
This team annually develops and manages our financial stewardship campaign toward the raising of contributions for our church budget and for our many ministry and mission offerings. The costs of a large church with so many programs and possibilities requires that each member does his/her best in faithful financial stewardship. The staff coordinator is Rev. Brad Gabriel.
The Middle, the Young Adult ministry of GUMC, serves adults in the 20s, 30s & 40s, including singles, engaged couples, married couples, single parents and families with young children. The Middle provides young adults with opportunities to grow spiritually, connect with others, and serve our church and community. The staff facilitator is Rev. Erin Beasley.
This Council works with our Preschool Director to manage our noted preschool program at GUMC. The team insures we are following all proper State protocol and the environment and offerings are consistent with our foundation as the people of Jesus Christ. They help the Director develop the best program possible. The staff facilitators are Rev. Brad Gabriel and Sarah Sutton, Director of GUMP.
The Worship Ministry Team works with our Director of Music per the varied aspects of meaningful and enriching worship; as well as; those elements of our sanctuary and worship experiences needing special attention, such as, flowers, decorations, ushers and greeters, acolytes, etc. The staff facilitator is Jim Thrash, Director of Music Ministries.
This advisory group works with our youth staff to insure a spiritually grounded, mission-focused, and Biblically inspired youth ministry. The group helps our youth directors develop programs, studies, activities, fellowship experiences, and mission opportunities which help sixth through twelfth graders grow in commitment to Jesus Christ. The staff facilitator is Sue Hyland, Director of Youth Ministries.
The Executive Committee: Pastor’s Council
Led by Senior Pastor and Executive Minister
Chairpersons of All Administrative Committees +Congregational Reps chosen by Senior Pastor
The Church Board
Led by Mr. Randy Lewis, Chairperson, Ms. Whitney Oppenheim, Vice-Chairperson
The Finance Committee
Led by Ms. Amanda Sullivan, Chairperson
The Staff-Parish Committee
Led by Mr. Ted Horrell
Led by Mr. Bill Nation, Chairperson
Staff Senior Leadership Team
Led by Senior Pastor, Primary Clergy, Program, Oversight Staff
The Endowment Committee
Led by Mr. Frank Davis, Chairperson
The Visioning Committee
Led by Mr. Steven Solomon, Chairperson