Proposed Leadership Council Changes

The following videos (additional videos will be posted) are intended to provide a basic understanding of the proposed changes to our Leadership Structure.

The proposed changes will be presented to the annual Church Conference on Sunday, November 4 at 11:00am for approval. Further informational meetings will be held in September and October. Questions may be sent to office@linglestownlife.org

Video #1 Provides an overview of the proposal.

Video #2 Provides an overview of the Leadership Council.


Current Administrative Structure

The Church Conference is the local church members meeting annually. The primary responsibilities of the church conference in the annual meeting shall be to review and evaluate the total mission and ministry of the church, receive reports, and adopt objectives and goals recommended by the church council that are in keeping with the objectives of The United Methodist Church.

The Administrative Council shall provide for planning and implementing a program in the local church. It shall also provide for the administration of its organization and temporal life. It shall envision, plan, implement, and annually evaluate the mission and ministry of the church. 

The Trustees shall have the supervision, oversight, and care of all real property owned by the local church and of all property and equipment acquired directly by the local church

The Finance Committee shall propose a budget; then raise, manage, and distribute the financial resources of the congregation to support and strengthen the mission and ministry of the congregation.

The Staff-Parish Relations Committee shall provide support for the role and work of the pastor and staff as they carry out their leadership responsibilities. 


Proposed Leadership Structure

The purpose behind the formation of the proposed Leadership Council is to streamline our current structure. This will enable us to more effectively fulfill our mission and vision at Linglestown Life while releasing people for ministry and service.

Leadership Council (Nine Members elected by Church Conference)

A. Align our vision with God’s vision for Linglestown Life as we make disciples of Jesus.

B. Develop and monitor accountability to the Guiding Principles.

C. Hold the Pastor accountable for the vision and goals of the church.

D. Ensure compliance with Book of Discipline for SPRC, Trustees, and Finance responsibilities.

The Leadership Council will adopt a Covenant to which they will be accountable. The elements of that Covenant include: 

  1. Be engaged as a disciple at Linglestown Life
  2. Attend, Grow, Give, Serve, Witness
  3. Attend meetings/ events
  4. Support pastor/ staff/ leaders/ ministries/ congregation
  5. Be united in decisions reached by team
  6. Practice Matthew 18
  7. Confidentiality

To provide continued transparency of their work the Leadership Council will provide monthly updates on their actions and host periodic Town Halls to promote open communication with and to the congregation.


Work Groups (unelected, ad-hoc groups)

Groups mobilized to perform day-to-day activities and ministry.


How to Serve on the Leadership Council

Nominating Process

 1. Individuals interested in being considered for service on the Leadership Council will read the material provided by the Administrative Council. This includes duties, covenant, etc. Also, prayerfully seek God’s direction as to your place of service.

 2. Individuals will email office@LinglestownLife.org with a paragraph indicating why they would like to be considered. Deadline September 10

 3. The Committee on Lay Leadership will review the candidate’s information, meet with the candidates to review the covenant and responsibilities, and determine the candidate’s eligibility.

 4. A slate of candidates will be presented to the congregation in October along with biographical information and a short paragraph on why they wish to serve.

 5. The slate of candidates will be presented to the congregation for election on Sunday, November 4 at the Church Conference which will begin at 11:00am.

 6. Elected candidates will begin their service on January 1, 2019.