With the permission of the larger United Methodist Church, Luminary UMC has experimented with a new leadership structure that began in 2015. The church’s administrative matters are handled exclusively by a Church Leadership Council. This group consists of 12 lay members of the church and paid ministry staff. The lay members serve in three different “classes” so that each year, one-third of the group rotates off, allowing others to participate. The lay members also participate in subteams that focus on matters related to finance, leadership development, facilities, and labor/employment (what we now call “human resources,” traditionally staff-parish relations).
The CLC has developed the short-term and long-term vision for the church while handling basic administrative matters. The CLC has encouraged the development of what we call vision-based “work teams” and “ministry teams,” providing opportunities for anyone active at Luminary UMC to participate in the growth of Christ’s kingdom through our church. These teams may exist in the short term or the long term, depending on their specific purposes.
Openness is a key part of this leadership structure. CLC meetings are open to anyone, the only exception being when sensitive labor matters need to be discussed. Anyone can ask to be on the agenda of a CLC meeting by contacting the chair or the pastor. Minutes and decisions of the CLC are distributed via this web page and in paper form on a bulletin board outside the church office. We’ll also regularly report on the activities of the CLC in church publications.
2017 Church Leadership Council Members
Serving through Dec. 31, 2017
Bob Monk (CLC Chair)
Preston Woody (HR Subteam Chair)
Cathy Turner (Lay Member to Annual Conference)
Serving through Dec. 31, 2018
John Tindall (Lay Leader)
Sherri Burnette (Trustee Chair)
Serving through Dec. 31, 2019
Sandra White (Finance Chair)
Pastor, Director of Music, Bookkeeper, Office Manager
Subteams (chair listed first)
HR: Preston Woody, Cathy Turner, John Tindall, Pastor, Shelly Jones
Trustees: Sherri Burnette, Bill Hughes, Missy Richardson
Finance: Sandra White, Mike Beard, Denise Van Norman, John Tindall, Pastor, Bookkeeper
Lay Leadership: Pastor, Cathy Turner, Susan Garrott, John Tindall