Tool Kit for
Staff-Parish Relations Committees
Pastor-Parish Relation Committees
The 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)
- Download this PDF to see a full description of the PPRC/SPRC from the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church
- This link from Discipleship Ministries (The General Board of Discipleship) lists expectations, qualifications, and responsibilities of the Committee.
- For the latest S/PPRC forms and Arkansas-specific information, see the main arumc.org website or contact your district office.
- Do you have a recent seminary graduate as your pastor? She or he might be a provisional elder or deacon who is currently in the Residency In Ministry process toward ordination. This RIM Program webpage link will guide you to training videos, evaluations, and information about how to support pastors who are seeking ordination.
Ministry Transition ResourcesClick HERE for the Ministry Transition Webpage
SPRC Leadership Resources
What to include in a Policy Manual for Lay Congregational Staff (Discipleship Ministries)
Church Conflict: A Checklist for Transformation (Discipleship Ministries)