Pastor Search Next Steps
“The mission of the church comes first”
We are saddened to lose both Bobbi Kaye and David, but we are thankful for their six years of TUMC service and excited for what’s ahead for everyone.
They are great leaders who will be missed, and we look forward to working with Bishop Robert Schnase of the Rio Texas Conference and District Superintendent Teresa Welborn of the Capital District to identify our next pastor to serve the growing needs of our amazing church.
Appointment Process for New Clergy
A detailed explanation of the appointment process is available in the above video, which was prepared by Bishop Schnase during his tenure in the Missouri conference and is entitled, “Demystifying the Appointment Process.”
First and foremost, this appointment process is a collaborative process between the Bishop, the Cabinet, the local churches represented by the local SPRCs and the pastors themselves.
The sources of information utilized by the Bishop in making the decision are as follows:
- District Superintendents
- Charge Conferences
- Vital Signs
- Visits to Local Churches for worship/meetings
- SPRC Evaluations
- Pastor Self-evaluations
- Evaluation with DS
- SPRC Consultation
- Pastor’s Self-consultation
- Further Consultation w/DS
- End of year statistics
- Statistical History
NOTE: The local church (represented through the SPRC) is not the controlling body in this process. It is an important, but limited part of the decision process. The Bishop is the authority with consultation from pastors, church leaders, and district superintendents. Meet the SPRC >
Timeline for TUMC Appointment
- Bishop met with SPRC 2/18. SPRC received notice of this meeting 2/14 and quickly compiled characteristics of an ideal pastor for TUMC based on staff comments, reports, vital signs and diverse representation of TUMC by SPRC members. Bishop Schnase assured the SPRC that TUMC is top priority and he communicates regularly with Bishops of other conferences and has reached out to districts beyond the Rio Texas Conference for other qualified prospects if needed.
- Cabinet meetings are happening now.
Once the Bishop makes a determination:
- He will notify the pastor he has chosen.
- Once that decision is confirmed (there is a possibility that the first person chosen will not be able to take the appointment, so the Bishop may have to make more than one choice), he will contact our SPRC chair and set an appointment to meet with the SPRC.
- He (or the DS or both) will come to a meeting of the SPRC with our new pastor and possibly their spouse to introduce them to us. This is NOT an interview opportunity, and we will not know who has been chosen until that meeting.
- The SPRC of the pastor’s current appointment will be notified of the change.
- Our SPRC will coordinate introduction to the congregation as soon thereafter as possible.
New Pastor will start around the third week in June.
Top 6 Traits for a New Senior Pastor
- Strong Preacher:
- Track record/reputation for increasing church attendance
- Dynamic speaker with meaningful sermons—following Methodist traditions
- Appreciates diverse music program to maintain and grow our music programs
- Servant Leader:
- Collaborative management style
- Good listener, nurturer and motivator
- Individual looking to grow their career (not looking to retire in 4-5 years—ideally an eight year commitment)
- Experience in a large and affluent church environment
- Someone looking to support, enrich and increase the involvement of our children and youth programs, as well as support our adult ministries
- Focus on missions:
- Embrace the established missions of TUMC but also help find new avenues to grow these ministries and help establish new ones
Contribute to Pastor Profile
For those who want to contribute to the TUMC pastor profile, please email input to the following email address: email@example.com. The SPRC will review and consolidate input and forward to Rev. Teresa Welborn, District Superintendent of the Capital District. Please note that the deadline for submissions is Friday, March 2nd, 2018.
Staff Parish Relations Committee
Meet your SPRC (Staff Parish Relations Committee)
From the UMC Book of Discipline: The SPRC is a committee who builds a strong positive relationship between staff and congregation so that the congregation makes disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. This committee will work with the lead pastor and other staff to fulfill legal and ethical responsibilities related to staff.
- Tina McCutchin, SPRC chair
TUMC member 16 years, 2nd year on SPRC
- Carl Beck,
TUMC member 38 years, 3rd year on SPRC
- Dana Kocurek,
TUMC member 20 years, 1st year on SPRC
- Thresa Nasi,
TUMC member 18 years, 2nd year on SPRC
- Celeste Domsch,
TUMC member 5 years, 1st year on SPRC
- Brian Sayers,
TUMC member 53 years, 2nd year on SPRC
- Keith Maxie,
TUMC member 9 years, 3rd year on SPRC
- Bryce Birdsong,
TUMC member 20 years, 1st year on SPRC
- Chance Eakin,
TUMC member 3 years, 1st year on SPRC
- Susan Phillips, Co-Lay Leader
TUMC member 30 years, 3rd year on SPRC
- Harold Cain, Lay Leader
TUMC member 40 years, 2nd year on SPRC
The following is the purpose and a list of SPRC responsibilities as summarized by the United Methodist Church. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a question or comment pertaining to a matter listed below.
This committee works with the lead pastor and other staff so that the staff effectively manages the ministry of the congregation for making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Responsibilities of the Committee
- The committee leads the congregation to encourage, strengthen, nurture, support, and respect the pastor(s) and staff and their families. It helps the staff set priorities that strengthen the congregation’s total ministry.
- The committee consults with the lead pastor to recommend staff positions to support the strategy of the church leadership team (administrative board, etc).
- The committee recommends staff compensation, travel, housing, and other financial matters to the administrative board through consultation with the finance committee. The finance committee includes the salary total in the budget, and the SPRC works with staff on allocation.
- The committee provides for annual evaluation of the pastor(s) and other staff for ongoing effective ministry.
- The committee creates and updates written policy for hiring, evaluating, promoting, retiring, and dismissing staff members who are not subject to episcopal appointment. (Procedures must comply with local and state laws). This policy is recommended to the administrative board for adoption.
- The committee oversees proper screening (including background checks) for lay employees and volunteer staff.
- The chairperson is the congregation’s primary connection with the district superintendent and bishop related to appointed leadership of the congregation.
- The committee meets with the district superintendent and/or the bishop in an advisory capacity related to clergy leadership.
- The committee enlists, evaluates, and annually recommends to the charge conference candidates for professional ministry.
For more information, please see: ¶258.2 of The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church (2012).