Church Council met July 21st. To help keep you in the loop, here is a summary of what was discussed during the meeting:

On behalf of Trusted Leadership, Marti Wayland presented a proposed Music Fund policy that would provide governance and a process of how to use designated music funds.

Highlights of this proposal includes:
  • A clear procedure for documenting gifts to the Music Fund
  • Identification of the Music Director as the key person in ensuring the request for disposition of funds satisfies a non-budgeted need
  • The proposed approval process from the Trustees (i.e. Is the request appropriate?), to the Finance Committees (i.e. Do we have the money?) and then to Church Council for final approval

Church Council will discuss and vote on the proposed policy at the next Church Council meeting on August 18.

Vice Chair of Church Council, Tom Cofer, presented information on a Young Life Capernaum program and requested prayers for the expansion of the program to serve the special needs community here on Signal Mountain. He also requested help with the identifying special need families who would benefit from this program. If you, or anyone you know, has a disability and would like to connect, contact Tom Cofer at

Finance Committee Chair, Tina Close, informed Church Council that we have contracted with a temporary accountant to assist with data conversion matters and bringing accounts up to date in our new accounting systems.

Fred Wildman, Facilities Director, reported for Trustees some needed maintenance which will take place soon or has been recently completed:
  • Resurfacing and striping of the parking lots
  • Painting the Preschool hallways
  • Replacing a broken window with tempered glass and placing safety film on the other windows in the Children's Crest downstairs

Director of Children's Ministries, Rachel Dow, thanked Church Council for the warm welcome to Signal Crest. She has begun working on events for the Fall with our Children's team. Watch for more information on upcoming children's events and programming soon.

Senior Pastor, Josh Kilbourne, also thanked the Church for the warm welcome and noted our work on the Signal Crest vision as well as the importance of "fully devoted discipleship." Josh will present a 4-part sermon series in August tied to our vision and the concept of what it means to be a fully devoted disciple. Josh is also working with staff and lay leaders on a class to be offered on Wednesday nights in the Fall that will go into more detail and explore discipleship and spiritual gifts. Josh noted that he is underway with on-boarding with the staff and Church Council and will conduct listening sessions with various groups and members of the church for the next few months. He also had the opportunity to participate in our recent On Eagle's Wings Christian Basketball Camp and said this camp was "a great gift" for his children and helping them connect in the community.

Associate Pastor, Bill Thornton, expressed excitement for the many new families visiting Signal Crest and praised the Hospitality team for their efforts.

Chair of Church Council, Mark Smith, noted appreciation for the continuation of Nametag Sunday as Josh becomes more familiar with Signal Crest. He also provided accolades for At Large Member, Kristin Robertson, for not only being named Hamilton County Teacher of the Year but also for being recognized as a regional finalist for Tennessee Teacher of the Year. Congratulations, Kristin, and good luck!

In Partnership,
Mark Smith
Chair, Church Council

P.S. The next Church Council meeting will be August 18 at 6:30 pm in the Interpreter’s Room. All are welcome to attend.

The approved minutes from the May 19 meeting may be found by clicking here.    

Church Council is the governing board for Signal Crest business and is made up of representatives from all ministry areas of the church, lay leaders, committee chairs, and at-large members. Your 2019 Church Council representatives can be found by  clicking here .

To better understand the governance of both the United Methodist Church and Signal Crest UMC, please  click here  to download an overview provided by our own Trusted Leadership team.