For the next year, each month, we will feature a different Conference board, committee, council or team by highlighting a member and their connectional experience of serving beyond the local church.
Council on Finance and Administration
(Missouri Standing Rule 118.00)
The functions of the Council on Finance and Administration are to serve as a finance committee, to administer the affairs of the Conference, and to provide administrative support for congregations. All lay members of the Council on Finance and Administration who are not members of the Annual Conference shall be granted the privilege of voice without vote during the session of Annual Conference. (Membership: 13)
Featured Team Member: Paula King
Paula is a lay member of The Historic Centennial United Methodist Church in Kansas City for 60 years. She has been a member of the Conference Council on Finance and Administration (CFA) since 2016. Prior to her current role, she served on the Conference Values team for four years and several district leadership committees in the former Heartland District including the District Superintendency Committee and the District Board of Church Location and Building.
What do you enjoy about serving on CFA?
I enjoy the exposure to the Conference Treasurer [Rev. Nate Berneking] and the discussions surrounding matters of finance, especially those that relate to my experience in finance in the local church.
What might surprise clergy and laity in the Missouri Conference about serving on this council?
I think people see working at the Conference level as attending boring meetings. They would be surprised to learn that the meetings expand our awareness and make us informed and better servants.
Why does the work on this council matter?
The Conference could not exist without the finance team. Everything must be funded, and doing so requires leadership, knowledge, methods and structure. The team needs a balanced representation of the churches and organizations being served.
What do you wish others knew about serving beyond the local church on a Conference board, committee, council or team?
I wish others knew that their own skills and talents are needed at the Conference level and not think such service applies only to certain people, and not to them.