An effective Membership Secretary keeps accurate membership records so that the congregation knows its current reality and can build a plan for growth in professions of faith, baptisms, members, and discipleship.
A Membership Secretary, under the direction of the pastor, shall keep accurate records of membership as outlined in The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church, 2008,¶230-234.
What doe s the Membership Secretary do?
- This leader works with the pastor to keep accurate records for all membership rolls (baptized members, professing members, constituents, affiliate members, associate members, people removed from the roll of professing members, people removed from the roll of baptized members), and reports annually to the charge conference.
- This person maintains a list of members received and those to be removed from the rolls. The United Methodist Book of Discipline defines categories of membership and the process for removal of members.
- This person is accountable to the charge conference through the church council.