Whether you are new to The River Conference, or just need an update on our policies, programs, and expectations, download our welcome packet. This contains a lot of valuable information that every pastor should know.
Filing articles of incorporation is legally required for any churches to be classified as a nonprofit entity. Complete this fillable document to provide your Articles to The River Conference, FMCUSA, and other financial institutions. Keep this document in a safe place that you can easily access when needed.
The Free Methodist Church USA has a Church Legal and Administrative Resources Library on its website. If you are in need of more information related to children and youth ministries, employment, volunteers, policies and procedures, liability, or property, there are many downloadable resources available here.
One of the most stressful seasons in the life a local church is the transition of a lead Pastor. Congregants often compare the loss of an effective lead pastor to the loss of family member, confidante, or close friend. Additionally, many Pastors feel a sense of loss even if they are transitioning to another ministry opportunity as they are deeply invested in the relationships, ministries, and mission of the churches they serve. To better prepare Churches and transitioning Pastors, we are urging those who are transitioning or anticipate transitioning, develop a transition plan in conjunction with The River Conference Superintendents.
Please download and review the Pastoral Transition document if you are contemplating a transition.
When The River Conference recommends a pastoral candidate for appointment to a local church, the Ministerial Appointments Committee (MAC) has generally reviewed the church profile constructed by the Local Board of Administration (LBOA). That profile includes information about the needs of the church and community. In addition, the pastoral candidate has had several interviews with the Superintendents and the MAC to carefully evaluate their academic, experiential, spiritual, and personal preparation to lead a local congregation. Based upon this information, the first best-fit available pastor is recommended for appointment to the church.
When this happens, the delegate(s), LBOA, and recommended pastoral candidate have an opportunity to reflect with one another prior to final affirmation of the appointment. This happens through a meeting between the prospective pastor, delegate(s), and LBOA. Please download the Pastoral Transition – Interview Guidelines to help you with this meeting.