Discernment Session 4

Discernment Session 4 - Chebeague UMC, Sunday January 25th

Gloria - devotional reading from The Church Guide for Making Decisions Together by Terence Corkin and Julia Kuhn Wallace, pp. 64-65


Checking in with all the material we left them with:

Session 3 Handouts:




  1. Talk about current clergy structure in the UMC (deacons, elders, local pastors) and what their roles are

    1. What do they do for the local congregation?

    2. What does the local congregation provide for them?

    3. Annual Conference Structure





  • What is it you want in your church?

  • Where do clergy fit? What kind of connectional system?

  • Blank slate -- imagine that there was no church here on Chebeague, and you arrived here tasked with creating a church community. What elements would you have as part of the church?


Silence - 5 minutes


Sharing - easel, paper, marker(s)


What do you need a clergy person for? (from that list)




UMC Charts (give handout) - For Your Information              printable chart

  • Invite conversation around protocol, other plans, etc


Handout:  Wespath re: Retirement Plan

Take away sheets (for session 5):

A Primer on UMC Assets Part 1  

A Primer on UMC Assets Part 2  

A Primer on UMC Assets Part 3         printable version of all three parts in one document

Tolerance Handout   printable version:  Tolerance document



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