The United Methodist Church Book of Discipline defines church council as providing for "planning and implementing a program of nurture, outreach, witness, and resources in the local church. It shall also provide for the administration of its organization and temporal life. It shall envision, plan, implement, and annually evaluate the mission and ministry of the church. The church council shall be amenable to and function as the administrative agency of the charge conference."
The committee on lay leadership, according to the United Methodist Church, "also serves throughout the year to guide the church council on matters regarding leadership (other than employed staff) and to identify, train and support leaders in the congregation."
Serving on either church council or on the committee for lay leadership is a vital role of service.
As a church member, your participation would be appreciated and incredibly valuable to both the church and to you!