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Did you know the United Methodist Book of Discipline allows a church quite a bit of latitude in how its leadership is structured? This flexibility allows a church to customize its structure in order to best carry out its vision and ministries.

Furthermore, the Discipline permits a streamlined “single-council” structure for churches, which can help expedite decision making and allow more of a church’s members to be in ministry rather than doing administrative work.

Churches interested in exploring such a structure are encouraged to contact the Church Development staff person assigned to their district. Churches must contact their District Superintendents when considering any actual change to their structures. The video above provides an overview of the single-council structure. The PowerPoint referenced in the video is also included, below.

Download the PowerPoint here.