The Wisconsin Conference of the United Methodist Church operates and supports a diversity of various boards, councils, committees, commissions, teams and task forces.


A legal entity authorized to function on behalf of the larger organization to offer governance, policy-making for the work of the board and relevant departments/agencies of the organization, fiduciary management and oversight, and generative development (promoting the mission and vision of the organization in new and different ways).


A decision-making body formed to develop plans and strategies to be carried out throughout the organization. Councils do the "big picture" thinking for an entity, including critical analysis of costs/benefits, as well as identifying implications, both positive and negative, in the short- and long-term, and areas for development and improvement.


Groups assembled to organize and implement specific areas of focus, and give oversight to individual pieces of the larger organization. Committees are given both responsibility and authority to carry out work on behalf of the larger organization. Committees can function long-term or project-by-project. Generally, committees have a very specialized focus.


A group authorized to perform specific duties on behalf of an organization–generally record-keeping, governance, book-keeping (archiving), documenting, monitoring, etc. Commission tends to be established for the long term to attend to important, but not urgent work.


A small number of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose, performance goals, and approach for which they hold themselves mutually accountable. Teams are formed to perform specific tasks and fulfill certain objectives, usually given full authority to do whatever is necessary to perform effectively. Teams tend to function most effectively on projects, where there is a distinct beginning, middle and end.

  • Clergy Covenant Team
  • Connectional Table Resource Team

Task Forces

A group designed for a specific purpose to do work outside the normal parameters of the larger group/organization. Usually of short-term duration, task forces are given responsibility, but authority to act generally rests with the parent organization.