By - Laws of Stanwood Union Church (UM-UP)
Reprinted May, 2005
i. To confer and counsel with the pastor to support the development of an effective ministry.
ii. To interpret to the congregation the nature and function of the ordained ministry.
iii. To evaluate annually the effectiveness of the pastor
iv. To make financial support, employee benefit, and continuing education recommendations to the Administrative Session and congregation.
v. To carry out, with the Trustee chairperson and pastor, an annual review of the parsonage to insure proper maintenance.
vi. To work with the Presbytery and District Superintendent when there is a change of pastors.
i. To receive all requests for funds which are to be included in the annual budget, and from them compile the proposed budget to be present to the Administrative Session.
ii. To work with the Stewardship committee to develop and implement plans for an Annual Every Member Commitment Program.
iii. To administer the financial resources of the congregation in accord with the policies adopted by the Administrative Session.
iv. To make provisions for the annual audit of the financial records and provide a report of the audit to the Administrative Session and congregation.
v. To provide a financial secretary to receive the contributions to the local church, keep records of the contributions and their payments, and transfer them promptly to the treasurer.
i. To work with the pastor and choir director to plan special worship services and oversee the worship of the congregation.
ii. To provide ushers and candle lighters for worship services.
iii. To provide communion stewards
iv. To develop ways to aid the congregation in becoming increasingly aware of the purpose and meaning of worship.
v. To recommend standards for placement of memorial gifts in the church as aids to worship.
i. To be responsible for any matters related to the real and personal property of the local church.
ii. To make certain that the Articles of Incorporation of the local church are up to date.
iii. To receive and administer all bequests made to the church.
iv. To supervise the care of all property and equipment.
v. So supervise the sale or purchase of property.
vi. To be responsible for the use of church buildings in consultation with the pastor.
vii. To be responsible for adequate insurance coverage on all church property.
viii. To submit to the Committee on Finance annual budget requests for property maintenance and improvement.
ix. To make an annual report to the Administrative Session and Congregation.
i. To work with the Sunday School Superintendent in the recruitment of teachers and work with the total education program of the church.
ii. To keep the local church informed about education resources and curriculum: printed programs and materials, conferences, training programs, workshops, etc.
iii. To plan for and promote the observance of Christian Education Sunday and the Christian Education offering.
iv. To keep in touch with the Presbytery, District, Conference, and national boards and agencies that deal with education.
v. To make an annual report to the Administrative Session and Congregation.
i. To educate the congregation in denominational missions.
ii. To encourage the development, planning, and support of local mission work.
iii. To obtain mission resources for the congregation.
iv. To plan special mission events and encourage participation in those events outside the local church.
v. To make an annual report to the Administrative Session and congregation.
i. To serve as resource persons to the Administrative Session.
ii. To work with the pastor in giving church-wide emphasis and appeal for service in the community.
iii. To educate the congregation in the meaning of stewardship of time, talent, and resources.
iv. To plan and promote the Annual Fund Raising programs of the church.
v. To work with the Finance Committee.
vi. To make an annual report to the Administrative Session and the congregation.
i. To nominate persons from the congregation to serve on the Administrative Session and committees of the church.
ii. To provide leadership and training for all persons assuming leadership positions.
iii. To work with the Stewardship and Education Committees in planning and implementing an education program in the area of stewardship of time and abilities and leadership development.
iv. To make an annual report to the Administrative Session and the congregation.
i. To oversee the care and upkeep of memorial gifts.
ii. To develop and maintain a suggested list of appropriate memorials.
iii. To educate the congregation in the meaning of special gifts for the church.
iv. To report to the Administrative Session and Congregation any gift that is received.