Parsonage Question Goes to Congregational Vote

On April 28, the UUMC Leadership Council unanimously decided to have a congregational vote on whether to sell the church parsonage.

This decision process started last July, when the Council requested that the UUMC Trustees review the long-term needs and costs of the church parsonage.  Their review indicates that providing a housing allowance to the Senior Pastor is a better long-term alternative for UUMC rather than providing a parsonage.

The Council accepted the following recommendation that the church Administrative Team unanimously approved a week earlier:  

“The Trustees will move forward to refine the financial numbers (e.g., getting appraisal / engaging realtor) for a sale of the parsonage, work with the UMC District Office to establish a proposed pastoral housing allowance, and that an all-church Charge Conference be scheduled with appropriate announcements to vote on the sale of the UUMC parsonage and establish a housing allowance for the pastor.  Proceeds from the sale of the parsonage would be invested in a designated United Methodist Foundation Fund that meets all guidelines in the United Methodist Book of Discipline and Missouri Annual Conference Journal.”

At least two weeks notice will be given before the congregational vote occurs.  If you have any questions, please contact Brad Hershey (Trustees Executive Officer) at hersheystl@sbcglobal.net/314-567-6958 or Dan Barrett (Lay Leader, Council Co-Chairperson)  at danwbarrett@yahoo.com/314-726-2509.