Finance Topics


Training for Church Secretaries

Ross Williams

April 07, 2014

Dear Pastors, Pasted below is an e-mail about a training course being offered for United Methodist church secretaries in Nashville, TN in July.  Please note that there are some scholarships available to cover registration fees (see e-mail).   Sincerely,  Ross   Register now for the PAUMCS 2014 CERTIFICATION INSTITUTE PAUMCS Certification Class Dates Are Set & Registration is Now Open July 13-18, 2014 ________________________________________ Dear PAUMCS Members and Friends, The General Council ...


Update on UMCmarket Program

Ross Williams

April 03, 2014

Dear Pastors, Treasurers and Finance Chairs, Please see the communication below containing an important update on the UMCmarket program.  This program is a way for churches to generate a non-traditional income stream.  It works by processing "micro-donations" to your church based upon on-line purchases that your congregation may already be making from large retailers such as Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and Staples.  If you have questions about how this program works, please click on the link ...


Earned Sick Time Act - Alert (For churches in New York City)

Ross Williams

April 02, 2014

Dear Pastors, Finance Chairs and Treasurers, The message is applicable only to churches located within New York City. I recently received a notice about a new law, which requires action by May 1, 2014:  On March 20 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law an amendment to the EARNED SICK TIME ACT. The Act is scheduled to go into effect on April 1, 2014. The amendment expands the law and covers more employers as well as more industries than the original law. The Act requires most employers to ...


Get connected! Find resources! Courtesy of United Methodist Communications

Ross Williams

March 20, 2014

Dear Pastors, I received this e-mail from United Methodist Communications and thought it might be something you wish to subscribe to. Sincerely,  Ross   If the links in the content pasted below do not work, try the two following links: To view subscription options: http://www.umcom.org/site/c.mrLZJ9PFKmG/b.5913165/k.693A/Master_Subscribe_Form/apps/ka/ct/contactcustom.asp?utm_source=Email_Invites&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=10-21-13&utm_campaign=Master_Subscribe To like UM COmmunications on ...


Philanthropy Study & Free Stewardship Webinar

Ross Williams

February 27, 2014

Dear Pastors and Stewardship Chairs, Pasted below is a link to the results of a study that was just released by the School of Philanthropy at Indiana University called the 2013 Congregational  Economic Impact Report. "This study includes responses from 3,103 mostly mainline U.S. congregations.   The study “asked a series of questions about their finances following the Great Recession, which officially ended in the summer of 2009, as well as questions about their most current finances, including ...


2014 Statistical Tables

Susan Tedesco

February 07, 2014

Dear Pastor, Finance Committee Chair and Treasurer, Welcome to the 2014 Statistical Table Process (the “Tables”) in which you will be reporting your 2013 data. The Tables will be available for eight weeks beginning Monday, February 10, 2014, until the evening of Monday, April 7, 2014. The Tables consist of three tables: Membership Data, Financial Data and Stewardship Data. They are used by both the NYAC and General Church for general information, decision making and to set apportionments. The ...


CT Imposes New Electronic Tax Return Filing Requirements in 2014

Ross Williams

January 31, 2014

Dear Treasurers & Finance Chairs in CT (copy to Pastors), span style="font-size:9.0pt;line-height:150%; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black">Please see the communication below that I recently received from our auditors.  For now, this only applies to churches in CT and most likely only to "income tax withholdings" since, generally speaking, the other taxes listed below are not applicable to churches.  My wife, who is Treasurer of Darien UMC, tells me that the the TSC (Taxpayer Service ...


IRS Requires Designation of "Responsible Party" by March 31st

Ross Williams

January 27, 2014

span style="font-size:9.0pt;line-height:150%; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black">Dear Church Treasurers and Finance Chairs (copy to Pastors), span style="font-size:9.0pt;line-height:150%; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:black">The IRS has recently updated their policy with regard to the designation of a "Responsible Party."  As many of you know, any organization with its own bank account and payroll has an "Employer Identification Number."  Sometimes these are referred to as "...


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