PARISH COUNCIL MINISTRY
UPR Article 24, Section 1
To serve on a Parish Council is a ministry and all those who serve are called to represent Christ and the Orthodox Faith to all whom they meet in all aspects of life. The Parish Council shall consist of the Priest, as the head of the Parish, and a number of elected lay members fixed by the Parish Bylaws or by local statute according to the needs of the Parish. The Parish Council is responsible to the Parish Assembly and to the respective Hierarch for conducting all Parish affairs in keeping with the mission, aims and purposes of the Church as set forth in the Charter and these Regulations. The Parish Council shall be deemed to mean also Board of Trustees or Board of Directors when such designations are required by local statute. The Priest shall be a non-voting member of the Parish Council.
Article 29, Section 1
Duties of the Parish Council
The members of the Parish Council shall attend the Divine Luturgy regularly and participate in the sacramental life of the Church, thereby setting an example for the Parishioners. Under the leadership of the Priest, the Parish Council shall:
A. Assist the Priest in the administration of the affairs and ministries of the Parish.
B. Establish the appropriate committees, including but not limited to Stewardship, Finance, Fundraising, Planning, and Real Estate committees.
C. Utilize the Stewardship material provided by the Archdiocese to implement and expand the Parish Stewardship program and ministries.
D. Prepare budgets for the Parish's administration and ministries and collect the revenue of the Parish.
E. Provide for the Priest's remuneration and benefits in accordance with the Clergy Compensation Plan of the Archdiocese.
F. Provide financing for the salaries of the Parish personnel.
G. Provide financial resources for the Parish's administration and for the Parish's spiritual, educational, and other ministries and expenses.
H. Buy, sell or mortgage Parish property, subject to the approval of the Parish Assembly and the provisions of the Regulations.
I. Provide for payments and assessments for support of the Archdiocese as fixed by the Congresses.
J. Submit to the respective Hierarch and the Archdiocese, at the end of each year, the financial statement of the Parish for that year (certified by the Parish's Board of Auditors) and the Parish budget for the ensuing year.
K. Submit annual Parish Profile reports that may be required by the Archdiocese and the respective Archdiocesan District/ Metropolis.
L. Adhere to the Charter, the Regulations and decisions promulgated at the Congresses.