By Rev. Matt Ashley, South District Missional Strategist & Superintendent
Is there an equivalent to the Staff-Parish Relations Committee for the South District Superintendent?
What are the first steps for a person experiencing a call into ministry?
If my church wants to remodel its sanctuary or sell property, what approval is needed?
Who approves disbursements from the South District Endowment Fund?
At our May 14, 2022 South District Conference held on Zoom, 41 participants elected the South District leadership teams that address these and other needs in Southern Arizona. The South District has four standing committees that fulfill essential functions in the life of our district., the
District Committee on Nominations & Superintendency is like a local church’s Staff-Parish Relations Committee in providing counsel and feedback to the District Superintendent. This group also recruits leaders to nominate for all four district committees. Kayla Johnson of St Mark’s UMC, also on staff at Sierra Vista UMC, continues as chairperson.
The District Committee on Ministry (otherwise known as dCOM) walks with people who are discerning their call into ministry. dCOM engages in conversation with people who are considering calls to become pastors and helps them determine what role best fits their call: deacon, elder, local pastor. Some are called to engage in ministry as lay people and might become certified lay ministers. Rev. Doug Handlong will continue as chairperson.
The District Building & Location Committee consults with churches who wish to buy or sell property as well as with churches who want to build a new building or renovate an existing building. The committee reviews the local church’s plan from all angles, providing an outside point of view that is helpful in identifying potential complications that may need to be addressed. We appreciate Rev. Rob Rynders, who is completing his term as chair, and for Rev. Stuart Salvatierra, who will become our new chairperson.
The Builders’ Club is a board that acts as stewards of our South District Endowment Church, which provides grants for facility maintenance needs to local churches. Funds are typically distributed to small or rural churches with demonstrated need for financial assistance. Casey Compernolle of St Mark’s UMC continues as our board chair.
Please contact me if you need help connecting with any of these critical ministry teams in the South District. Their work is invaluable to helping us to be a courageous church – loving like Jesus, acting for justice, united in hope.
Thanks for listening –