Administrative Council – The Administrative Council is a “Big-Picture” body that coordinates implementation of ministries that advance the mission of The United Methodist Church of Estes Park. Ad Council provides leadership and management for the ministries of the church. Leadership is the visionary work that assesses where the congregation is, where God is calling it to be in the future, and what resources will be required to move from current reality into the desired future. Management is the detail work that must be accomplished daily to make the ministries effective. Any significant change in the church mission or in the roles of the church committees and church staff members must be discussed with and approved by the Ad Council. The Ad Council Members include the chairs of all the committees and ministries of the church, the lay leader, the pastor, the council chair and members at large. Council meetings are open to all members of the congregation and typically occur the first Wednesday of each month.
Chair (Merilyn Abel) – Provides initiative, coordination, and collaborative leadership for the Ad Council that does planning, goal setting, implementation, and evaluation of ministry to fulfill the mission and vision of the church.
Vice Chair (Nancy Elgin) – Presides over Ad Council meetings from which the Chair must be absent. Provides minutes of all Council meetings. Non-voting member of the Ad Council unless filling in for the Chair.
Staff-Parish Relations (David Diggs) – Serves as the church’s human resources department and is involved in all personnel activities, including hiring and disciplinary actions. It assesses job performance of the staff and pastor. It also consults with the district superintendent, as necessary.
Trustees (Jim Ecklund) – Responsible for the oversight, maintenance and improvements of the church building, parsonage, and grounds. In addition, they evaluate any legal agreements or contracts and assess exposure to liability, as the legal officers of the church.
Finance (Cay Lacey) – Proposes the budget and then raises, manages, and distributes the financial resources of the congregation to support and strengthen the mission and ministry of the church. The Financial Secretary records income and the Treasurer manages disbursements for expenses.
Lay Leader (Polly Ingold) – Functions as the primary representative and role model of Christian discipleship and faith lived out in the church and in daily life. The lay leader works with the pastor to fulfill the mission and vision of the church.
Lay Member of Annual Conference (Marvin Criswell) – Informs the congregation about The United Methodist Church in the conference and around the world. This person attends annual conference sessions as a member from the congregation and interprets the actions to the congregation.
External, Missions, & Outreach (Lee Criswell) – Coordinates all externally facing ministries of the church. Examples include, but are not limited to, UMCOR, Friendly Stitchers, Crossroads, Guatemala, and other mission support.
Christian Education & Spiritual Growth (Gail Burrow & Tom Towns) – Plans and coordinates classes and other small groups to help adults learn and grow in faith.
Hospitality (Venessa & Steve Sauer, Kay & Lynn Myers) – Coordination of the Greeter Program which includes greeting and welcoming members and guests, writing first time and return guest postcards, and providing Welcome Bags for guests; Weddings/Receptions; Coffee Fellowship; Monitoring and maintaining the Children’s Activity Bags located in the Sanctuary; Kitchen Organization and Utilization; Adult Fellowship activities; New Resident Phone calls/visits; and New Member Recognition and Sponsorship as requested by the Pastor.
Nurture Ministries & Congregational Care (Babs Mock & Sandy Towns) – Sends inspirational notes, cards, telephone calls; provide a listening ear, make home and hospital visits, initiate email and telephone prayer chain and meal coordination, submit requests for Pastoral visits, take communion to shut-ins, and alert our Pastor of emergency telephone tree needs. All assistance is considered confidential.
Whole Church Initiative (Merilyn Abel) – Promotes the church’s vision of “Commitment to Caring” to all committees and teams. With the cooperation of the Administrative Council and appropriate Administrative and Ministry Teams, conducts experiments to enrich the experiences of Discipleship within the Congregation and Estes Park Community. Learnings from these experiments are then embedded within the respective Administrative and Ministry Teams. Encourages development of simple tools to measure the effectiveness of our invitations to the community to join in our Commitment to Caring.
United Methodist Women (Donna Newendorp) – Community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.
Communications (Nancy Elgin) – Communicates internally and externally so that members and others will understand and become interested in participating in church ministry. Coordinates church-wide communications and evangelism including the newsletter, advertising, brochures, bulletin boards, bulletin inserts, social media and the church web site.
Lay Leadership (Tom Towns) – Serves throughout the year to guide the Ad Council on matters regarding the leadership of the congregation other than employed staff. This committee’s work will recruit the gifted leaders for the lives of the church. These leaders will be representatives of the body of Christ in the faith community. Some will represent our congregation in the district and conference structures of The United Methodist Church as well.
Worship (Tom Towns & Music Director) – Coordinates worship support including the bulletin, hymns, ushers, liturgists, music, audio/visual, flowers, paraments/banners, and Communion. Coordinates with the pastor and other worship leaders to make sure the congregation has the things it needs for worship each Sunday. It may be asked to advise the Trustees or Ad Council about policies for the use of worship space.