Annual Clergy and Congregations Consultation and Evaluation Packet
Alabama-West Florida Conference
The online documents (submitted online by February 3, 2014)
These forms are all part of the consultation process that will help the growth of pastor and congregation in the greater work of…”making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” Local churches provide the most significant arena through which disciple making occurs.
Consultation and Evaluation Form Instructions:
As you begin your work as a pastor/parish or staff parish committee for 2014, you will need to make sure four documents are submitted. A brief explanation of each document is listed below:
1. Church/Charge Profile (to be completed by Staff Parish/Pastor Parish Committee) - The church profile provides essential information of how the church views itself and the community in which the church is located. Great attention should be given to the type leadership needed to best reach the community. In addition, the profile offers an opportunity to better understand the opportunities and challenges the congregation has before them. The profile offers an opportunity to reflect on the values of the current context along with the hopes for the future. (If a church profile has already been submitted in previous years, then the need for 2014 is to update any new information or make revisions. The profile form will have the previous year’s information (if applicable) auto-filled in the document.)
2. Pastor Profile Form (to be completed by pastor) - This information offers the pastor the opportunity to give biographical information updates and any personal information (If a pastor profile has been previously submitted, then, simply update the information. The profile form will have the previous year’s information (if applicable) auto-filled in the document.)
3. (A) Congregational Fruitfulness and Effectiveness (to be completed by pastor-parish committee); (B) Pastoral Fruitfulness and Effectiveness (to be completed by pastor-parish committee) - “One of the duties of the Pastor/Staff Parish Committee is to provide evaluation at least annually for the use of the pastor (s) and staff in an ongoing effective ministry and for identifying continuing educational needs and plan” (2012 Book of Discipline, paragraph 258.2 (g) 5). The Congregational and Pastoral Fruitfulness documents are designed to create meaningful conversation and dialogue about fruitfulness. Our mission in the United Methodist Church is to…”make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” The local church is best way this mission happens. The committee is asked to reflect on the mission in evaluation of the church and pastor. How is our church participating in this mission? What are we doing well? What can we do better? How can we give our pastor helpful feedback to better help him/her in the fulfillment of this mission?
4. (A) Congregational Appointment Preference (to be completed by pastor-parish committee and signed by pastor) - The appointment preference form is an advisory form that is part of the consultation process. As an advisory documents this does not mean a pastor will be moved or remain based on the appointment preference form alone. All pastors are itinerant and appointed or reappointed each year. Other factors in our United Methodist Church can influence the process. The final word of appointment is made by the Bishop at Annual Conference. (B) Pastor Appointment Preference (to be completed by pastor and signed by chairperson)
INSTRUCTIONS - READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE ENTERING IN DATA
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Please contact your District Office with any questions.
All documents due to be submitted online no later than February 3, 2014, 4 P.M.