Regions have two main purposes: nurture and mission. They are called to fulfill the mission of the Church by taking the lead in developing new forms of ministry in mission, witness and service. Regions also are nurturing agents that provide support, guidance and pastoral care to ministers and congregations.
Additionally, Regions play the role of counselor and advisor in matters such as the standing and credentialing of ministers, relocation of pastors, and filling vacant ministerial positions, among other responsibilities. Regions help find interim ministers for churches that are without full-time pastors.
Regional ministers often serve as mentors to congregational pastors. They offer training to clergy and laity and assistance in cases of difficulties between ministers and congregations. Regions call their staffs, own and mange their own property, determine their budgets and administer regional finances within their available resources. They hold regional assemblies and develop procedures for seeking counsel from the Office of General Minister and President. Regions may vary in size and shape. They share equal standing with general and congregational ministries.