Petition 80345

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Administrative Committees (80345-LC-¶259.4)

Amend ¶ No. 259 .4  
4. There shall be a committee on finance, elected annually by the charge conference upon recommendation by the committee on lay leadership or from the floor, composed of the chairperson; the pastor(s); a lay member of the annual conference; the chairperson of the church council; the chairperson or representative of the committee on pastor-parish relations; a representative of the trustees to be selected by the trustees; the chairperson of the ministry group on stewardship; the lay leader; the financial secretary; the treasurer; the church business administrator; the advocate of connectional giving; and other members to be added as the charge conference may determine. It is recommended that the chairperson of the committee on finance shall be a member of the church council. The financial secretary, treasurer, and church business administrator, if paid employees, shall be members without vote....


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.  This individual is integral to the work of the local church finance committee.