AIEM Housing Allowances

Ross Williams

October 04, 2021

Dear Clergy on Appointment in Extension Ministries, We want to ensure that you understand and take advantage of an important tax benefit available to ordained clergy.  Please read the information below on how to set up a housing exclusion so that a portion of your income can be treated as tax-free for federal, state and local purposes.  While you may not be currently serving a “church”, you can still qualify for this favorable tax treatment subject to the rules below.  The most important rule is...

Metropolitan Anti-racism Training (Zoom)

March 29, 2021

Please register for the Anti-racism training scheduled for April 17, 2021, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM via Zoom. A Zoom link will be sent to you prior to the Anti-racism training.  Click here to register.  We're looking forward to seeing you there!   

Metropolitan Lay Leadership Training (Zoom)

March 29, 2021

Please join us for our 2021 Metropolitan Lay Leadership Training on Saturday, April 17, 2021, 9:00am - 11:30am via Zoom.  *All registrants must also sign up for and attend the Anti-racism session scheduled for April 17, 2021, 9:00am - 10:30am. Trustees, facilitated by Rev. Angela Redman, 10:30am - 11:30am Finance, facilitated by Mr. Joseph Andreana, 10:30am - 11:30am SPRC, facilitated by Rev. Dr. Alpher Sylvester, 10:30am - 11:30am Click here to register. A Zoom link will be emailed to you...

Be wary about emails that "just don't sound right"

Barbara Eastman

March 26, 2021

This is a blog post that I wrote a few years ago, but the topic continues to plague our community, and has actually gotten worse lately – "impersonated" emails that frankly, just don't sound right. No one from the conference or district offices is going to ask you to go out and buy something for them and reimburse you the next day. If you get a message from any of us asking you to do something that we wouldn't normally ask you to do, please give us a call.  Staff phone numbers are listed here: h...

Letter From BSA Bankruptcy Court

Ross Williams

March 11, 2021

Dear Pastors, Treasurers and Finance & Trustee Chairs, You may have recently received a letter from the court that is overseeing the bankruptcy proceedings of the Boy Scouts of America. The General Council on Finance and Administration of the United Methodist Church has formed an ad-hoc committee to work on this matter on behalf of all U.S. based UMC churches.  GCFA and this committee will engage legal counsel as needed to properly represent our churches. There is no action you need to take ...

Discounted Software for Not-for-profits

Ross Williams

March 10, 2021

Dear Treasurers and Finance Chairs (copy to Pastors), Churches have the ability to purchase computer software at steeply discounted rates through a Not-for-profit organization called "TechSoup" (yes, it's a very strange name). Their catalog includes more than 375 products from over 90 companies like Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco, Intuit, and Symantec.  The prices through TechSoup represent savings of hundreds of dollars over the normal retail cost of these products.   You can view the entire catalog ...


Ross Williams

February 22, 2021

Dear Treasurers and Finance Chairs (copy to Pastors), As you probably know, the Consolidated Appropriations Act passed by Congress at the end of last year revived and revised the Paycheck Protection Program.  The UMC legal teams have collaborated on guidance covering pertinent information about Second Draw Loans, plus some changes that also apply to initial loans.  That document is available on their Covid-19 resources website, which you can access by clicking here.    The appropriations act ...

Annual Audits

Ross Williams

February 21, 2021

Dear Finance Chairs (copy to Pastors and Treasurers) The Finance Committee is responsible for ensuring that all financial books, records and bank accounts undergo an annual audit. This is required by The Book of Discipline, the governing document of our denomination (see excerpt at end of e-mail).  Included in the audit (or audited separately) must be the transactions of the church's operating account, Board of Trustees, Preschool (if controlled by the church), Memorial Funds, Endowment Funds, ...

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