Tool Kit for

  • Staff-Parish Relations Committees

  • Pastor-Parish Relation Committees

2012bookofdisciplineThe Staff/Pastor-Parish Relations Committee is the administrative unit in a local church where staff and congregational interests come together to focus on the mission of the church. Every congregation must have a S/PPRC to build relationships among members of the congregation and the staff that are most effective for accomplishing the mission and purpose of the church. Historically, the church is most effective when leaders who are growing in faith come together for a common purpose. During times of church growth and revival, spiritual leaders—both lay and clergy—have served together as servants of God.

The S/PPRC has both leadership and management functions in the congregation. Leadership is the role of “keeping an eye on the big picture.” Even in the midst of meetings or crises, the S/PPRC members must never forget they are part of the body of Christ, and they must always be aware of the mission of God’s Church. Management is the role of tending to daily activities so that details are taken care of and strategies are implemented. In other organizations, management functions may be taken care of by a personnel office or Human Resources department. There are some legal and risk management issues for which the S/PPRC has responsibility. The S/PPRC operates under God’s leadership to bring together staff and congregational interests, which includes dealing with both the celebrations and disappointments inherent in any human family and church. (UMC Guidelines, Cokesbury)

Ministry Transition Resources

Click HERE for the Ministry Transition Webpage

The Lewis Center for Church Leadership, located at the Wesley Theological Seminary campus, provides a plethora of tools for clergy and congregations experiencing a change in clergy leadership.

50 Ways to Improve Pastoral Transitions PDF

50 Ways to Welcome a New Pastor PDF

Suggestions for Churches with a Young Pastor PDF

Suggestions for Churches with a Single Pastor PDF

Suggestions for Churches with a Clergywoman PDF

SPRC Resources for Evaluation and Assessment

Types of Evaluation (Lewis Center PDF)

Giving and Receiving Feedback  (Lewis Center PDF)

SPRC Leadership Resources

What to include in a Policy Manual for Lay Congregational Staff (Discipleship Ministries)

Church Conflict: A Checklist for Transformation (Discipleship Ministries)

ShareChurch Human Resource Documents (Free  from ShareChurch by UM Church of the Resurrection)


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