Administrative Council

According to the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church, the Administrative Council is the group that "shall provide for planning and implementing a program of nurture, outreach, witness, and resources in the local church. It shall also provide for the administration of its organization and temporal life. It shall envision, plan, implement, and annually evaluate the mission and ministry of the church."

The membership of the Ad Council at DGFUMC includes the pastors, officers (chair, vice-chair, secretary, treasurers), lay members to annual conference, chairpersons of each work area, directors (staff members), UMW president, and members-at-large. All other church members are invited to attend the meetings and participate in discussion, although only the Ad Council members can vote.

Per the Discipline, we are required at the minimum to organize into such a church council, as well as a committee on staff-parish relations, a committee on finance, a board of trustees, and a committee on lay leadership. Modifications and additions to this structure to support the needs of our ministry are allowed. Currently, DGFUMC has several other committees (or "work areas") to do the work of our local church: Adult Education, Board of Gifts and Bequests, Children and Family Ministries, Church and Society, Counseling Center, Environmental Stewardship, Health and Wellness, Membership Development, Missions, Worship, and Youth Ministries. Except for staff, all other members of Ad Council and work areas are US, members of our church who want to serve and move our congregation's ministry forward!

Ad Council and work area participants are nominated by the Nominations Committee for a typical term of three years. Each work area's membership rotates in classes so that the entire committee doesn't turn over at once. Participation in a work area is a great way to meet people and get connected into our daily church life. If you are interested in finding out more about a particular work area, you may contact the church office for the chairperson's name and they will get in touch with you (at this time of the year, some of the chairs are/will be changing, so the list is in flux). If you are interested in serving on a work area or Ad Council, please contact Rev. Greta McDonald who chairs the Nominations Committee.

Our Ad Council meets the second Tuesday night at 7:30 in Fellowship Hall every three months (January, April, July, October). Check the church calendar for the next meeting. We invite you to come!

Chair: 
Ginger Sanders
Vice-Chair: 
Marshall Schmitt

Pastors: Jim McDonald, Greta McDonald 
Deacons: Claire Marich, John Smoke

Treasurer: Ann Ault
Assistant Treasurer: Sally DeBraal
Assistant Treasurer Larry Wright

Lay Members to Annual Conference
Verla Boyle, Judy Koptik, Terry McDorman, Ina and Ray Osborn, Don Safford, Marshall Schmitt

Child Advocate: John Smoke 
Church Historian: Joan Wilson 

United Methodist Women President: Julie Stone

Members-At-Large
Class of 2015: Rich DeMink, Tommy Donnelly, Diane Kerr, Mark Pitstick, Gretchen Shearer
Class of 2016: Mike Davenport, David Ficht, Karla Gulley, Leroy Pickett, Lenore Pitstick, Kathleen Schultz
Class of 2017: Lilian Ficht, Rosie Roose, Bruce Ritter, Caryl Safford, Tom Wagner

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