Chair John Troutman (3)
Vice-Chair Tom Jenkins (4)
Treasurer Jose Vergara (3)
SPPRC Dave Britton
Trustees George Clark (2)
Church Council Chair Phil Waters (3)
AC Delegate/Alt. John and Carol Webster (3)
Lay Leader Diane Schwarzer (3)
Financial Secretary Susan Clark (7)
At-Large Charlie Deal (4)
At-Large Cindy Sewell (2)
At-Large David Mandell
At-Large Bill Damude
Asst. Fs (Recording) Amie DeMarco*
*Voice with no vote.
The job of the committee on finance is to identify, perfect, and manage the finance system for the congregation. The finance system is the processes of raising, managing, and dispersing the finances so that the mission and vision of the congregation can be achieved (Guidelines, p. 6).
The Bible speaks frequently about money and wealth and emphasizes the importance of generous giving (Proverbs 22:16; 2 Corinthians 8-9), wise investment (Luke 16:10-13); debt management (Proverbs 21:20; 22:7), prudent fiscal oversight (Luke 12:13-21; Acts 4:32-35); and appropriate attitude (1 Timothy 6:10)….Whatever income and expense is generated by the church is ultimately for the work of ministry (Guidelines, p. 7).
A critical component of this ministry is recognition of the historic differences between Christian stewardship and funding ministry. Funding ministry, often called “fundraising,” consists of the varied tasks associated with gathering funds to enable ministry to take place. Underlying and supporting these tasks, however, is the conceptual discipline of stewardship. In our tradition, we understand ourselves as stewards who respond to our giftedness. It is this balance between the “what” (fundraising) and the “why” (stewardship) that is the genius of Wesleyan financial leadership (Guidelines, p. 8).
-From Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation 2009-2012: Finance, (p. 6-8). Copyright © 2008 by Cokesbury. Used by permission.
-Adapted from Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation 2009-2012: Finance, (p. 9-14) Organization and relationships
The Book of Discipline provides for the committee on finance to be made up of persons who, by virtue of other leadership responsibilities, link the committee to other areas of congregational life, as well as several persons who are nominated in recognition of their commitment to and witness of personal stewardship.
With the exception of the pastor, when paid employees serve on the committee on finance, such as financial secretary, treasurer, or business administrator, they serve without vote.
-From Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation 2009-2012: Finance. Copyright © 2008 by Cokesbury. Used by permission.