Board Responsibilities

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All campus ministries that receive support from the BHECM will have a local board of directors or local church committee to fulfill the responsibilities listed below. (See the 2016 Book of Discipline -¶ 634, 4 d (2).  Local boards are not autonomous agencies but are directly accountable to District Superintendents, the BHECM, and the Common Table which are the designated Conference entities in charge of the overall supervision and evaluation of campus ministry personnel, ministries, and funding. The following reflects the general responsibilities of local boards:

  •  Each local board is required to have a constitution that establishes the name, relationships, purpose, membership, government and professional staff.  By‐laws are required for the board and student governing bodies that clarify overall responsibilities, offices and their election, the executive committee (team), standing committees (teams), their responsibilities, and guidance pertaining to the amendments, revisions and adoptions.
  • While the Virginia Conference provides a salary grant for the campus minister, the funding for administrative staff, ministry programs and operations is a local board responsibility.  Board responsibilities are to:
  • Establish the local ministry leadership structure, goals and approaches.
  • Ensure the mission statement is clearly communicated and is effectively applied to every aspect of the campus ministry’s programs, operation and curriculum, along with the vision of the overall ministry.
  • Prepare a budget for the ministry and the plans for adequate financial support.
  • As appropriate, interpret the relationships between the College and the campus ministry and the relationship of the campus ministry to the churches in the local community.
  • Be responsible for enlisting new members for the board and provide job descriptions and annual training for all board members.
  • Annually evaluate the program and goals of the campus ministry.
  • Support the campus ministry and campus minister through regular prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness.
  • Conduct annual board training (Local Board Training Guidelines VAUMC)