Denomination Organizational Structure

The Reynoldsburg Community Church is a part of the Global Methodist Church (GMC)—which is a new denomination in the Wesleyan tradition.  The primary organization unit of the GMC is the local church.  Our denomination is connectional in nature—meaning that we believe our witness is more effective when we are connected and partner with other GMC churches.  Our congregation is one of the 20+ congregations on the Columbus East Circuit of the Allegheny West Conference of the GMC.  The Allegheny West Conference is comprised of 22 circuits and over 540 churches.  You can read the Transitional Book of Doctrines of Discipline here.

Church Organizational/Leadership Structure

The local church structure of the Reynoldsburg Community Church mirrors the structure we’ve had for the last 12 years.  We are Board Governed—Staff and Ministry Leaders lead—and Laity Driven.  We are governed by an 18-member Church Board which serve in three years rotating classes and fulfills all responsibilities assigned to in our denominational polity.  Our Board is not a managing board, but governs our church by determining the mission, vision, policies, goals within which our churches executive leadership (Lead Pastor, Executive Pastor and Executive Director) must operate.  Our executive leadership then helps to align our paid and unpaid staff to accomplish the Board’s goals and objectives.  However, the most important aspect of our churches structure is that the ministry of the church is really in the hands of the laity who serve as the hands and feet of Jesus inside and outside the church building.

Church Governance Committees – Responsibilities and Membership

The Church Board determines the vision, mission, policies and goals within which the Executive Leadership Team (Lead Pastor, Executive Pastor, and Executive Director) of Reynoldsburg Community Church must operate. The Board is comprised of 18 members, who each serve three years in rotating classes.

The nine-member Board of Trustees assists the Executive Director and Director of Maintenance in ensuring the building and grounds of our church are in condition to be used for the mission and ministry of our church, acts as the legal officers of the Reynoldsburg Community Church Corporation with the State of Ohio, coordinates volunteers who assist on regular repairs and maintenance, and assists with other topics related to the real property of the church as needed.

The nine-member Staff Parish Relations Committee assists the Executive Director and the Executive Pastor in providing support for the paid staff of the church, recommending employee policies to the Church Board, assisting the Executive Director and Executive Pastor with Director-level employee interviews, and assisting with other human resources functions as needed.

The Finance Committe assists the Executive Director in establishing and monitoring budgets, reviewing the churches financial records on a quarterly basis, recommending financial policy changes to the Church Board, and examining other topics related to our financial health and management as they arise. This committee also has nine members.

This nine-member committee chaired by the Lead Pastor (in accordance with our Transitional Book of Doctrines and Discipline) and is responsible for nominating persons to serve in vacancies that become available annually on the Church Board, Finance, Staff-Parish, Trustees and Nominating Committee.  They work to make sure the few elected leadership positions we have in our church are filled with persons who are deeply committed to Jesus, are supportive of our mission and success, and represent the various constituencies of our church family (age, gender, worship style, worship services, and various ministries).  While the committee is chaired by the Lead Pastor, he has never voted during the nominating committee’s work.

The Charge Conference (the members of the Church Board meeting with the Presiding Elder or their designee) is the final decision-making body of our church.  The Charge Conference must be the setting where leaders are elected, candidates for ministry are affirmed and the pastor’s compensation package is set.  On occasion, such as when we decided to build the Community Center several years ago, the Presiding Elder may call for the Church Conference (of all the professing members of our local church) to be the final decision-making body—but the norm is to make regular annual decisions through a Charge Conference.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our board is a governing board which follows our Transitional Book of Disciplines and Doctrines in structure. We are board-governed, staff-led, and laity-driven in ministry. The board sets the limits within which we operate, and staff and ministries leaders work within these limitations.

There is a nomination committee that also has term limits that meets annually to fill vacancies in elected positions.

No. Posting those metrics weekly tend to place the focus on the wrong things; and send a signal to visitors that all we care about is money and the number of people in seats. The board, however, reviews these metrics every quarter. The numbers can also be shared with anyone who asks by contacting Executive Director Karin Dragonette. We don’t share detailed salary information because personnel matters are confidential.

Monthly an accounting review team (consisting of our accounting firm, the Treasurer, the Finance Chair, and a Board Member Liaison) meets to do a deep dive line-by-line into our financials comparing the revenue and expenses to the budget. Quarterly, the Finance Committee meets to review the financials and do a year-over-year comparison of revenue and expenses. The Board is informed of our financial situation on a quarterly basis. Annually, we do a fund balance audit and this year (2023) we are having a review of all our accounts by an independent CPA firm.

The Finance Committee looks at historical data to determine the following year’s budget. Their recommendation is then presented to the Board for approval. Ministry leaders are then empowered to spend their allotted budget amounts as they believe is appropriate for the season and programming of each ministry. Our fiscal year runs July 1 – June 30. If you want more information about the budget, please contact Karin Dragonette here.