IRS Reporting, Payroll & More

Sally Truglia

December 09, 2019

Dear Pastors, Finance Chairs and Treasurers, The end of the year brings the joyous celebrations of the Christmas season and the hope for a peaceful New Year. Unfortunately it also brings some financial housekeeping issues with which we must all comply.  Listed below are some reporting requirements and annual reminders.  1)   2019 W-2 Preparation:  All churches must prepare and distribute W-2 forms for their pastors and their lay staff by January 31.     Church plans are still exempt from ...

Church Authority and Secrecy

Ross Williams

November 11, 2019

BY ROSS WILLIAMS Conference CFO & Director of Administrative Services I often receive questions about the authority of church leaders over financial matters and access to financial statements, systems, meetings and records. Listed below is guidance on these topics from The Book of Discipline (BOD) and other UMC publications. The Book of Discipline is available online. One of the hallmarks of our denomination is a structure and practice of openness, transparency and inclusion with respect to ...

2020 Budget Inputs

Ross Williams

September 14, 2019

Dear Treasurers and Finance Chairs (copy to pastors), You will most likely be working on your 2020 budgets soon.  To assist you, listed below are some inputs from the Conference: Clergy Healthcare: The church's share of the Uniform Rate for HealthFlex will be $18,240.00.  Since clergy will have six medical plans and three dental plans to choose from in 2020, the rate for each clergy person will vary based upon which plans they choose.  Clergy will be given an annual "allowance" to spend on ...

Clergy Housing Allowances

Ross Williams

September 13, 2019

Dear Clergy and Church Finance Leaders: The topic of clergy “Housing Allowances” can be a complicated one, involving very specific rules and confusing terminology.  It is also an area that requires action prior to the processing of payroll each calendar year.  So what follows is a summary based upon the many questions that I receive on this topic. The Basics: 1. Section 107 of the Internal Revenue Code permits a “minister of the gospel” to exclude a “Housing Allowance” from income. This Housing ...

AIEM Housing Allowances

Ross Williams

September 13, 2019

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...

Free Church Financial Seminars

Ross Williams

July 22, 2019

Dear Treasurers, Finance Chairs and Stewardship Chairs (cc: to Pastors), Please see the information below on an important program being led by Ed Ruppmann.  I am very supportive of this program, which has many benefits and no costs to our member churches or parishioners.  To be clear, there is no selling of anything here, either at the meeting or at any other time - just free advice from an experienced financial planner who is committed to his faith and assisting the people and churches of the ...

Missionary Helen Camarce's Newsletter from Cambodia

July 01, 2019

It took me a while to dare write again. So many things had already happened although I know God has been there all along, at all times, prepared me emotionally, and in every aspect in my life, even physically on things that will happen. Still…..facing your own reality is scary. Read more

Connecticut Connection - June 2019 - CT District Newsletter

CT District

June 26, 2019

Volume 4 June 2019 From the Heart of the DS This section is a window to the heart and mind of our district superintendent, Rev. Alpher Sylvester. May we find a sense of guidance and pastoral care from his missive Read the full article > Funny Things Are Everywhere   As the saying goes, "Laughter is the best medicine." We are dedicating this section in our hopes to put a smile on your face and brighten your day. Read the full article > Connecticut in Mission   You will hear stories of...

Investments & Financial Guidance

Ross Williams

June 13, 2019

Dear Church Leaders,   Does your church need help with its investments?   Has your church lost a personal relationship with its broker / investment manager?   Does your church need help in developing and fostering a culture of generosity?   Does your church need help with stewardship campaigns, planned giving, capital campaigns, financial education?   If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you would benefit from working with the United Methodist Frontier Foundation for your investment ...

CT District Newsletter April 2019 - WE HAVE A WINNER!

CT District

June 13, 2019

Contents From the Heart of the DS    "Funny Things Are Everywhere" Connecticut in Mission  Best Practices in Ministry Gnosis 2019  A Pastor Speaks  Words of Wisdom  Connecticut Youth in Action  Prayers  Mark Your Calendar   Here is the PDF version of the newsletter.   We Have a Winner!!!  Last month, we held a  naming contest to name our CT district newsletter. We would like to thank you all for submitting your ideas. They were all good suggestions ...

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