Staff/Pastor Parish Relations Committee Resources

Goal: To provide district superintendents with tools and resources for training in order to achieve consistency across the conference.
Please click here to view a video by Bishop Sharma D. Lewis about the appointment process and Staff/Pastor Parish Relations issues.

Section 1: Overview for the Staff/Pastor Parish Relations Committee
Characteristics of Effective and Ineffective S/PPRCs (pdf)
Covenant of Leadership   
Duties of the S/PPRC from the Book of Discipline (Word)
Expectations of Pastoral Leadership (pdf)
Guide for Deacons (pdf)
SPRC Committee Training Workbook (pdf)
SPRC Training, Power Point Presentation

Section 2: Personnel Resources
Chart on Pastor/Staff Salaries (Word)
Clergy Sick Leave Guidelines (pdf)
Continuing Education Guidelines (pdf)
Employment Agreement: Deacon (Word)
Employment Agreement: Lay Staff (Word)
Duties of the Pastor from the Discipline (Word)
General Church Personnel Guidelines (GCFA Web site)
Job Description Samples
Sample Personnel Policies (Word)
Self-care Covenant (Word)
Virginia Conference Sexual Ethics Policy (Word)
Sample Local Church Sexual Ethics Policy (Word) 
Sexual Ethics Resources and Information (Word)
Study Leave and Sabbaticals (Word)
Vacation Policy (Word)
What Does the Discipline Say About Nonappointed Church Staff? (Word)

Section 3: Parsonage Resources
Clergy Housing Guidelines (Word)
Guidelines for Moving Expenses (Word)
Minimum Standards for the Parsonage (Word)
Policy at the Time of Change of Pastors (Word)
Other Parsonage Resources

Section 4: Appointment Resources
Appointment Review for Pastors (Word)
Associate Pastor Process (Word)
Church Profile Instructions for Appointment Process (Please contact your district office for these instructions.)
Church and Community Profile Information (Word)
Deacon Appointment Request Form (pdf)
Joint Pastor-SPRC Appointment Preference Form (Word)
Pastoral Transition Guidelines (pdf)

Section 5: Annual Evaluation
Annual Evaluation for Clergy and Staff, Virginia Conference (Word)   
Characteristics of Effective Clergy (Word) 
Ministry Review for Certified Lay Minister (See UMCARES step for instructions) (Word)

 

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