Church Council

Church Council Nominations

In ordinary years, our church council participates in a charge conference, an annual meeting at which we hear annual reports about the ministry of the church and approve the nominations of leadership for the following year. This year, some of our church members formally asked that we carry out this business as a church conference, to broaden participation to all members of the church. After consultation with our District Superintendent, Rev. Durwood Foshee, he has called for this church conference to take place. One reason to gather in this way is to ensure that the process for selecting our Church Council is transparent to our whole membership.  The Church Council is the body responsible for planning and implementing a program of nurture, outreach, witness and resources in our settings at Mandarin and Longleaf.
We invite any professing member who wishes to be nominated to serve on the Church Council to make themselves known to the committee of nominations by Sunday, November 21st.  A simple form to put your name forward can be downloaded here, and will also be available at worship or in the church office until that date. If there are more people willing to serve than there are open places, then we will have a ballot at the Church Conference on November 30th to elect the new class for the Church Council.

Information for those interested in being nominated

Thank you for your interest in serving on the Church Council for Mandarin United Methodist and Longleaf Churches. Below you will find a bit of information about this position. The purpose of the Church Council is to provide for planning and implementing a program of nurture, outreach, witness and resources in the local church. The Council has a role of envisioning, planning, and evaluating the mission and ministry of the church. It is recommended for Church Councils to use a process of consensus and discernment as a model of decision-making as they carry out this work. In 2022, we expect that the Church Council will meet approximately six times. Those that are eligible to serve on the Church Council are professing members who are involved in the mission and ministry of the church. Alongside this, those who participate on the church council seek to abide by a leadership covenant, which you can see on the following page. The term of service on the church council is usually 3 years. If you would like to put your name forward to the Nominations and Leadership Committee, please fill out the below and return it to the church office by November 21st, 2021. Those who are eligible will be recommended to the Church Conference to be held on Tuesday, November 30th at 6.30pm. If there are more people that are interested in serving than there are positions, we will hold an election at the Church Conference to determine who will serve.

How to Apply

Please download and submit this form to the office at or bring to the church office by November 21st. Alternatively, we invite you to fill out the form below:

Covenant for Christian Leadership, Mandarin UMC

Persons who serve in leadership positions at Mandarin UMC will be committed to their own spiritual formation, actively living out their Christian witness.

Persons in leadership will give evidence of their membership vows to be loyal to the United Methodist polity (the way we are organized) and doctrine (what we believe) and to “do all in their power to strengthen its ministries.” In the context of our Wesleyan heritage and the vows that each member takes upon joining the United Methodist Church, characteristics of such lives include:

  • Praying for the church, the community, and the world.
  • Participating regularly in worship as a vital component of spiritual growth and connection to others within the body of Christ.
  • Participating in a small group for nurturing both faith and friendships.
  • Giving generously back to God, in proportion to one’s income.
  • Serving in the life of the church and in mission that extends beyond the congregation of Mandarin UMC.

Leaders will give evidence of Fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self control, and act out of the love and faith of 1 Corinthians 13: “patient, kind, rejoice in truth, bears, believes and hopes all things.”

When disagreements or issues occur, leaders will practice Matthew 18, going directly to the person who has wronged her/him, bringing in a mature Christian witness if needed, not gossiping (Romans 1:29).

Persons in leadership will make every effort to maintain “the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” Ephesians 4:3

Our polity and doctrine are contained in The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church, 2012. The United Methodist Publishing House, Nashville, Tennessee

Adopted by the Mandarin UMC Church Council, October 2013.

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