The Business Council at Jefferson Unitarian Church makes decisions regarding the physical plant, personnel and finances of the church. The Business Council reports to the Board of Trustees. Specific duties include the following:
- It approves and submits to the board the budget for the next fiscal year,
- evaluates all routine fund raising proposals,
- approves hiring decisions (except for called ministers),
- manages the approved budget,
- reviews all legal documents,
- and approves members of committees that comprise the Business Council.
The members of the Business Council include a chairperson, selected by the Leadership Nominating Committee, and approved by the Board of Trustees, the Financial Officer of the Church, the chairperson of the Information Technology Committee, and the chairperson of the Personnel Committee. Both the Senior Minister and the Church Administrator are ex-officio members.
The Budget and the JUC Budgeting Process
The Financial Officer (an officer of the Board of Trustees and member of the Business Council) is the person primarily responsible for the development of the budget each year. Staff, councils and committees submit budget requests in the early part of the calendar year and a team works to develop drafts of the budget which are then reviewed and presented to the congregation. During budget development, sessions are held to ensure it will balance and to the extent possible support all intentions of the mission of Jefferson Unitarian Church. Congregational involvement is encouraged.