A church conference in November 2018 approved a new model of governance for Gainesville UMC. Beginning in July 2019, our leadership structure will move from a committee structure to a single leadership board. This board will consist of between 9 and 11 members of the church and will be responsible for all the areas of oversight required in the UMC Book of Discipline, including Finance, Staff-Parish Relations, Trustees, and Nominations.
This structure will free up the lay leadership of the church to be involved in more mission and outreach opportunities, instead of being tied up in more and more meetings. It will also formally devolve the day-to-day operations of the church onto the pastors and staff, who will in turn be responsible to the Board. The Board will not be setting the vision of the church, that will continue to be developed organically by the staff and lay leadership, but the Board will oversee the effective implementation of the church's vision.
The Board will be responsible to the congregation through constant engagement and participation in the life of the church as a whole, and will submit a budget each year to the charge conference for church approval.
Applications for the initial Leadership Board positions are now open, and can be found by clicking on the link below. Those selected will covenant with the church, and with one another, for being committed to the values and practices of the Board. For a copy of the covenant, please see the link below.