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Church Council

Chair - Chuck Sparks

“Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ." -Matthew 23:10

The Davidsonville United Methodist Church Council provides guidance for the operation of the Church and works towards accomplishing goals related to the future vision of the combined ministries of the Church. The Council holds open meetings which are divided into two segments. The Planning Council is the combination of all ministries, committees and staff concentrating on the future vision of the Church. The Administrative Council Committee meets to conduct the business of the Church and its operations. The Planning Council has embraced the topical themes of EVANGELISM, COMMUNICATION, COMMUNITY, ALL AGES and FACILITIES. All Church Council meetings are open to the Congregation and your participation is encouraged. In all we do, we seek to follow God’s plan.

If you have any questions for the Church Council please do not hesitate to email them at council@dumc.net. The Council meets on the 3rd Monday of each month.

Worship & Evangelism Committee

Chair - Pam Durbin

The Worship Committee has two major tasks:

Working with our pastors, we do part of the preparation for worship. We prepare the elements for communion, decorate the church for special services and seasons, invite guest speakers and ask members to assist with worship. Secondly, and the primary business of our meetings, is to discuss and evaluate our worship together as a congregation, and to make proposals to the Session about our worship needs.

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age." -Matthew 28: 19 & 20

The Evangelism Committee works to attract guests to worship and other ministry activities by means of personal invitation by our members, the website and other means of promotion. We strive to make their experience pleasant and stress-free by providing parking assistance, hosts, a staffed information center, provide coffee, and a nursery for children--infants through 3 years old. We also follow up with them afterwards with phone calls, personal visits and mailings. We also equip our members with evangelism training, and resources for education and encouragement so that they may share their faith with others and connect people to Life in Jesus.

If you have any questions for the Worship & Evangelism Committee please do not hesitate to email them at pdurbin1@gmail.com.

Youth Council

The Youth Council works in collaboration with the Youth Pastor, the Church Council, and other important DUMC committees to ensure that our church continues to have a vital youth ministry. Some functions include administrative and financial responsibilities, as well as coordinating special events for the youth group such as mission projects and ski trips.

Education Committee

Chair - Debby Wasson

The Education Committee provides general oversight of the education and spiritual growth opportunities, for children, youth, and adults offered by the church. The chairperson is a member of the Church Council. The Director of Christian Education & Youth Ministries and the Sunday School Superintendent support, and are supported by the Education Committee. Sunday School curriculum, educational resources, special Sundays and events such as Vacation Bible School are coordinated by this group. In addition, the Committee supports the Confirmation Group, led by the Pastor.

If you have any questions for the Education Committee please do not hesitate to email them at mathtutor5@verizon.net.

Staff Parish Relations Committee

Chair - Steve Tidwell

"To equip the saints for the work of ministry, for the building up of the body of Christ." -Ephesians 4:12

The Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) is the administrative unit at DUMC where staff and congregational interests are integrated to focus on the mission of the church.

The SPRC relates to all staff, both bishop-appointed staff and employed staff. The SPRC has some of the same functions of a personnel office or Human Resources department in other organizations.

The SPRC has primary responsibility to work with staff so that the mission of the church is realized. The SPRC should have a clear understanding of your local church's mission and vision, built upon the mission of the wider Church. Clear understanding of your church and prayerful listening to God's direction will guide both the development of job descriptions and the assessment of staff.

The SPRC works with individuals and groups, including:

  • the lead pastor
  • all ordained leaders
  • the lay staff
  • the congregation
  • the community outside the walls of our building
  • the district superintendent
  • the United Methodist Conference and general church staff
  • Remember that The United Methodist Church has an appointive system rather than a call system for clergy leadership. The SPRC consults with its district superintendent about congregational needs. The SPRC members must be attuned to the movement of God's Spirit so that they serve as guides, teachers, mentors, managers of conflict, and interpreters of ministry both to staff and the congregation.

    Specific tasks for the SPRC include:

  • explaining the nature and function of ministry to the
  • staff and the congregation

  • conferring with the congregation and the staff/pastor about ministry direction
  • assessing the ministry of the congregation and the staff/pastor at least annually
  • conferring and consulting with the district superintendent
  • supporting lifelong learning for all staff (continuing education)
  • identifying and supporting individuals from the congregation whom God seems to be calling for ordained ministry (click HERE for a letter about DUMC's SPRC Vocation Fund)
  • making recommendations regarding compensation, travel, benefits and housing to the church council
  • recommending needed staff positions and develop written job descriptions and titles for associate pastors and staff.
  • SPRC Members: Leanne Sparks, Beverly King, Steve Tidwell, Wendy Travis, Lori Heider, John Moore, Mo Hawk, & Florence Ingram

    If you have any question for the SPRC please do not hesitate to email them at jsthd103@gmail.com. This committee meets generally on the 2nd Monday of each month.

    Social Needs & Outreach Committee

    Vonda Vales

    The Social Needs and Outreach program serves to reach out to the deprived and needy people within the church and in the community. They help to alleviate their financial hardships, recommend help in the areas of social welfare and education. DUMC supports the ministry in fund-raising and volunteer participation for their various services such as:

  • Caring for the aged and sick
  • Caring for the poor and needy
  • Caring for the destitute / lonely
  • Ministry to prisoners
  • If you have any questions for the Social Needs & Outreach Committee please do not hesitate to email them at .


    Chair - TBA

    "I told them how the hand of my God had been favorable to me and also about the king's words which he had spoken to me. Then they said, 'Let us arise and build.' So they put their hands to the good work." -Nehemiah 2:18

    The Trustee Committee of DUMC is responsible for administering the maintenance of all church property.

    If you have any question for the Trustees please contact the church office at dumcoffice@dumc.net. This committee meets generally on the second Monday of each month.

    Finance Committee

    Chair - Lee Matousek

    "As stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received." -1 Peter 4: 10-11

    The focus of the Finance Committee is on Stewardship. Stewardship is the "management of God's household". Stewardship is the way we manage our entire lives: our gifts and talents, our resources and possessions, our time and our energy. Stewardship is our "whole life" response to God. The job of the Finance Committee is to identify, perfect, and manage the finance system for the congregation. The finance system is the processes of raising, managing, and dispersing the finances so that the mission and vision of the congregation can be achieved.

    If you have any questions for the Finance Committee please do not hesitate to email them at leem21@verizon.net. This committee generally meets on the third Monday of each month.

    Building Committee

    Chair - Herb Wilson

    "And behold, I purpose to build an house unto the name of the Lord my God." -1 Kings 5:5

    The Building Committee is responsible for turning the church's vision into facilities that support the ministries of the church. It consists of 10-20 mature church members who possess a strong understanding of the church’s vision. They represent specific ministries of the church, ensuring a comprehensive balance. They are ministry-motivated and committed to expressing their viewpoint honestly and articulately, without offending. The committee's first goal is to create an atmosphere which ensures respectful discourse.

    Available Documents:

    Space Needs Requirements

    Building Master Plan

    Building Requirements

    History of DUMC Building Program

    Building COmmittee Meeting Minutes (8/11)

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