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Simplified Accountable Structure (SAS)

Simplified, Accountable structure (previously referred to as the single board model or one board model) moves churches from four administrative committees (trustees, finance, staff-parish relations, and church council) to one Leadership Board encapsulating all responsibilities and authority of the previous four separate administrative committees in compliance with the UMC Book of Discipline in Paragraph 247.2. 

Intro to SAS

Are you and your leadership considering the SAS model? Start here!

Equipping Resources

Are you a SAS congregation that needs to update your best practices or train and equip your current or future leaders?


  • Mission Possible 3 by Kay Kotan and Blake Bradford. Order now by emailing blair.zant@ngumc.net with "Mission Possible" as the subject line.

On Demand Online Trainings

Explore the SAS Model

The window for congregations to effectively discern the SAS model for 2022 has closed. The next opportunity for your congregation to consider the Simplified, Accountable Structure model will begin in January 2023. Until then, we encourage you to review the resources shared on this page.