First United Methodist Church is led by multiple committees and teams of church members who guide the church’s overall mission and organization. All of the committees and teams, as well as their responsibilities, are listed here. The descriptions below have been developed using resources available from UMC Discipleship Ministries.

Church Council

The Church Council is the administrative agency of the charge conference to envision, plan, implement, and annually evaluate the ministry of the congregation. (The Book of Discipline of the UMC, 2012, ¶252)


Members of the finance committee work together to propose a budget; then raise, manage, and distribute the financial resources of the congregation to support and strengthen the mission and ministry of the congregation.

Staff-Parish Relations Committee

This committee works with the lead pastor and other staff so that the staff can work effectively in managing the ministry of the congregation for making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. The committee has primary responsibility for the appointed and paid staff who lead the vision and mission of the church.


Members of the Board of Trustees are Christian stewards of the property God has entrusted to the congregation. The trustees supervise and maintain the property of the congregation to ensure that disciple-making ministries of the congregation are effective and that local legal requirements related to the property are satisfied.

Nominations and Leadership Development

This committee is responsible for presenting a list of nominations to the church’s charge conference for individuals to serve as chair of the Church Council, members of the Staff-Parish Relationships Committee, the Board of Trustees, the Finance Committee, a Lay Member to Annual Conference, and a Lay Leader. The individuals nominated are selected