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Church Council Membership (80344-LC-¶252.5-$)

Amend ¶ No. 252.5
5. Membership—The charge conference will determine the size of the church council. Members of the church council shall be involved in the mission and ministry of the congregation as defined in ¶ 252.2. The membership of the council may consist of as few as eleven  twelve persons or as many as the charge conference deems appropriate. The council shall include persons who represent the program ministries of the church as outlined in ¶ 243. The membership shall include but not be limited to the following:
a) the chairperson of the church council;
b) the lay leader;
c) the chairperson and/or a representative of the pastor-parish relations committee;
d) the chairperson and/or a representative of the committee on finance;
e) the chairperson and/or a representative of the board of trustees;
f) the church treasurer;
g) a lay member to annual conference;
h) the president and/or a representative of the United Methodist Men;
i) the president and/or a representative of the United Methodist Women;
j) a representative of the United Methodist Youth;
k) the pastor(s).
l) the advocate of connectional giving.  Training and support for this position will be provided through the annual conference and the general agencies responsible for stewardship and connectional giving.

Rationale

There is a need to strengthen the focus on the connectional nature of The United Methodist Church in the area of giving to support ministry beyond the local church.
Additional costs of up to $5,000 per year per agency could be incurred by the General Board of Discipleship and the...