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Pfeiffer hosts “Employment practices for our churches” Sept. 30

Rev. Joy T. Melton, J.D. will discuss a range of employment practices, topics

Rev._Joy_MeltonAs part of its ongoing efforts to offer resources to local church leaders, both clergy and lay, Pfeiffer University will sponsor  “Employment practices for our churches,” a daylong session that will provide useful employment practices and information to help congregations deliver an effective ministry, on Thursday Sept. 30. 

Led by the Rev. Joy T. Melton, J.D., chief resource officer of the United Methodist Property and Casualty Trust, the session will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on the university's Charlotte campus, 4701 Park Rd. The cost to attend is $30 per person and includes lunch. Those interested are asked to RSVP by Monday, Sept. 27. To register or for more information, please contact Kathleen Kilbourne, director of the Master of Practical Theology program at Pfeiffer, at (704) 945-7315 or The program is hosted in conjunction with the Christian Educators Fellowship of the Western N.C. Conference of the United Methodist Church.

The seminar was designed to offer participants key statutory provisions applicable to churches, vital topics to include in every church's employee/staff handbook, as well as best practices for hiring and supervising staff members, and best practices for handling employee complaints.  By learning these basic best practices, attendees will be able to update the administration procedures in their congregations and strengthen the congregation's ability to deliver high quality ministry. Participants will have opportunities to ask questions and collaborate with each other as well as with Rev. Melton.  By the conclusion of the day, participants will have received tools that are current, cost effective, and simple to implement for the ongoing stewardship of the congregation's ministries.

As chief resource officer of the United Methodist Property and Casualty Trust, the non-profit property insurance company for United Methodist ministries, Melton consults with local churches, districts, and annual conferences, on a wide variety of employment issues.  She also provides training for church leaders on these issues as well as on insurance matters, Safe Sanctuaries, and the complaint procedures found in the Book of Discipline. Melton is the author of “Safe Sanctuaries: Reducing the Risk of Abuse in the Church for Children and Youth” and “Safe Sanctuaries for Ministers.”

Melton is a graduate of Pfeiffer University, where she serves as a member of the Board of Trustees and is immediate past co-president of the Alumni Association Board. A clergy member of the North Georgia Annual Conference and an attorney, Melton is also a graduate of Scarritt College and Emory University School of Law.  She and her husband David, also a Methodist minister and Pfeiffer graduate, live in Atlanta, Ga.

Established in 1885, Pfeiffer University is a comprehensive United Methodist-related university, with multiple   campuses, including Misenheimer, Charlotte and the Triangle, committed to educational excellence, service and scholarship.

Media contact: Natasha A. Suber, (704) 463-3040 or


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