Scripture and United Methodist tradition remind us of the priority God places on human life and how we treat one another. Valuing people and serving them well requires that the safety of children and vulnerable adults is embedded in the way we conduct ourselves in service to others.
Volunteers who serve on governance committees or regularly participate in church-sponsored ministries serving children, students, vulnerable or elder adults, whether on- or off-site, are required to complete the Safe Gatherings certification process. The application includes consent to conduct a background check on all applicants age 16 and up.
Church staff will contact you for the next step in volunteering at Trinity!
Trinity uses the Safe Gatherings program developed by the Great Plains Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church to screen and train its staff, governance committee members, and covered volunteers to protect children and vulnerable adults participating in ministries sponsored by the church.
We require volunteers who have regular, direct contact with any “protected person” at on- or off-site ministries sponsored by the Church to complete the Safe Gatherings certification process. Protected people include children under the age of 18 and vulnerable adults who may be unable to care for or protect themselves from significant harm or exploitation due to mental or other disability, age, or illness.
Covered volunteers include Church governance committee members, Children’s Ministry, triYOUTH, Building Blocks Preschool, and mission and disaster relief trip participants. The Church or the Great Plains Annual Conference may add additional categories of volunteers as appropriate.
Safe Gatherings is a program developed by the Great Plains Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church to screen and train staff and volunteers. Safe Gatherings requires an online application, electronic reference checks, four levels of background checks (including county of residence), online abuse prevention and boundary awareness training, and regular re-certification. The Church pays for the cost of all background checks and Safe Gatherings certification.
Safe Gatherings requires each applicant to submit the name of one clergy reference that the applicant has known for at least two years. Questions regarding this requirement may be directed to Tammy Dees at email@example.com.
Until Safe Gatherings certification is confirmed, the Church requires every volunteer in direct contact with a protected person to be visually supervised by another certified individual. Volunteers under the age of 18 must always be visually supervised when serving protected people.
How to Serve on Trinity’s Committees
Thank you for your interest in serving as an elected lay leader for Trinity United Methodist Church.
The process of considering a role of Christian leadership is one of discernment. Leaders of all abilities, who bring diverse perspectives to these positions, can help ensure a culture that encourages collaboration, flexibility, equity, and Christian service.
Committee members typically serve in a preparatory year prior to a three-year term as a voting member. Note that you must be a member of Trinity for at least two years prior to serving in a preparatory role, or three years before serving as a voting committee member.
Please note the deadline has passed for applying for service on Trinity’s 2022 committees. We hope you will consider applying for service in 2023. Information regarding how to apply will be posted in the fall of 2022 in Trinity’s all-church e-blast.
Who and what are the Church committees?
Elected leaders fulfill vital governance roles for Trinity United Methodist Church (Church). These committees are composed of a diverse group of Christ-followers from all campuses who seek to foster a vibrant, healthy, ethical and sustainable church that strives toward its purpose of “building a Christian community where non-religious and nominally religious people are becoming deeply committed Christians.” Below are the committee structure and key objectives.
Identifies and develops volunteer leaders for governance committees
- Helps identify and nurture lay leadership development across Church campuses
- Reviews and deliberates over congregant committee applications
- Prepares the annual committee nomination slate for the Church Conference
- Meets approximately 6 times per year, typically on Tuesday evenings during the fall and winter
Board of Trustees
Oversees the church’s real, personal, and intellectual property
- Establishes policies and practices regarding receipt, management, and disposal of church property
- Reviews plan for strategic building investments, e.g., roofing, asphalt, HVAC, audio/visual equipment, IT equipment
- Oversees land acquisition and construction planning for current and future sites
- Reviews the Church’s plans for insurance, continuity, and protection
- Trustees must be at least 18 years of age.
Planning, administration, and oversight of fiscal policy
- Oversees budget and financial health of the church
- Reviews and approves the annual financial audit
- Develops plans to fund future building improvements, campus growth, and other needed investments
Staff Parish Relations Committee
Serves as the liaison between the congregation and its employees and clergy
- Oversees the church’s compensation, employment, and benefit practices
- Evaluates and recommends clergy candidates from our congregation
- Connects with existing staff to understand employee satisfaction
- Makes recommendations to the Annual Conference regarding the appointment of pastors to the Church
- Committee members cannot be related to Church staff.
Serves as the chief governing body and the executive agency of the church between annual Church Conference meetings
- Establishes vision, sets direction and initiates strategy planning for church’s mission and ministries
- Provides for policy approval and oversight of the church’s administration
- Ensures congregational development leads to the fulfillment of the church’s purpose
- The Council is comprised of elected lay leaders, committee chairs, campus representatives, and staff.
Cultivates planned gifts to ensure the church’s future
- Encourages legacy gift contributions that support the ministry of the Church
- Fosters donor relationship development
- Receives, invests, and distributes the Foundation’s assets for the benefit of the church’s mission
- Typically meets quarterly, plus subcommittee assignments.
Lay Delegate to the Great Plains Annual Conference
Represents the church at legislative sessions of the United Methodist Church in Kansas and Nebraska
- Serves as a voice between our congregation and the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church
- Votes upon resolutions and petitions which affect the Great Plains Conference
- Requires multi-day meetings.
Church policies are approved by the Church Council and are informed by the expertise of the Church’s governance committees, The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church, and the expectations of the Great Plains Annual Conference.
Church policies are intended to guide the Church’s pastors, staff, volunteers, and others in their daily activities in a manner consistent with the Church’s Purpose, Vision, and Journey. The Church Council is committed to ensuring the Church acts ethically and complies with all applicable laws. The Church Council has adopted these policies to effectively communicate its expectations and create a culture of compliance designed to protect the people it serves and faithfully steward the resources entrusted to the Church.
Policies addressing volunteer, congregant, and public activities and use of the Church are linked below.