Pastor/Staff-Parish Relations

This committee works with the lead pastor and other staff so that the staff can work effectively in managing the ministry of the congregation for making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. An effective committee will fulfill legal and ethical responsibilities related to staff.


Through the year, this leader maintains a healthy and growing personal spiritual life and leads the

PPRC committee members to do the same. The committee shall engage in biblical and theological reflection about the mission of the church. The chairperson, along with the pastor and others , has primary responsibility for the appointed and paid staff whole and the vision and mission of the church.

This leader is the congregation’s primary connection with the district superintendent and bishop related to the appointed leadership of the congregation. This individual leads the PPRC committee by preparing and communicating the agenda for meetings, leading the meetings, following up actions by assigning responsibility for implementation. This person should become familiar with United Methodist resources and organization.

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 (church council).

The committee recommends staff compensation, travel, housing, and other financial matters to the church council through consultation with the finance committee. The finance committee includes the salary total in the budget, and the PPRC works with staff on allocation.

The committee provides for annual evaluation of the pastor(s) and other staff or 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 is recommended to the church council for adoption.

The committee conducts 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. Considerations include the age and stage of the congregation, an understanding of feelings and desires within the congregation about the pastor’s leadership and appointment, and the culture and needs of the community around the church.

The committee enlists, evaluates, and annually recommends to the charge conference candidates for professional ministry.