The Texas Annual Conference created the Clergy Accountability Ministry Area to set standards for quality of pastoral leadership for local congregations.
The Center will assist local pastors, deacons, and elders in living out their call to represent Jesus Christ by helping them demonstrate accountability to God, the covenant shared among clergy, and the Annual Conference. This area will continue to develop processes adopted by the 2005 Texas Annual Conference which will help clergy, the Center, and the Conference measure accountability.
Clergy Appointed to a
A. Clergy Self-Assessment
Paragraph 432.2 of The Book of Discipline, 2008 states in part:
Pastors – The district superintendent annually shall develop with the pastor profiles reflecting the pastor’s gifts, evidence of God’s grace, professional experience and expectations, and also the needs and concerns of the pastor’s spouse and family.
These profiles shall be reviewed annually and updated when appropriate.
As an exploration of that paragraph, each year all clergy appointed to the local church in the Texas Annual Conference are expected to review the working definition of clergy effectiveness (see link below); spend time reflecting on their ministry; and complete a Clergy Self-Assessment Inventory.
Download Faithfulness in the Clergy: A Call to Effectiveness, the working definition of clergy effectiveness adopted by the 2005 Texas Annual Conference.
B. Congregational and Clergy Assessment by P/SPRC Committee
Paragraph 432.1 of The Book of Discipline, 2008 states in part:
Congregations – The district superintendent annually shall develop with the pastor and the committees on pastor-parish relations of all churches profiles that reflect the needs, characteristics, and opportunities for mission of the charge consistent with the Church’s statement of purpose. These profiles shall be reviewed annually and updated when appropriate.
Therefore, each Pastor/Staff Parish Relations Committee is expected to have a significant conversation with each clergyperson appointed to their charge for purposes of improving the team ministry of the congregation and the clergyperson and enhancing clergy effectiveness throughout the Texas Annual Conference.
For clergy appointed to a local church, the inventories below must be completed and returned to the appropriate district office by November 1.
Clergy Appointed to an Extension Ministry:
For clergy appointed to an extension ministry, the report form below must be completed and copies distributed as indicated on the form by November 1.