Finance Topics

Church Authority

Ross Williams

October 19, 2015

Dear Church Leaders, I often receive questions about the authority of church leaders over financial matters and access to financial statements, systems and records.  So I thought I would provide some guidance on this topic from The Book of Discipline and other UMC publications. One of the hallmarks of our denomination is a structure and practice of openness, transparency and inclusion with respect to almost all church matters.  Transparency with financial matters builds trust between the ...

Stewardship in the Digital World

Ross Williams

May 12, 2015

Dear Stewardship Chairs and other church leaders (cc: to Pastors),  Please see details below of an upcoming Webinar hosted by Discipleship Ministries of the Methodist Church Stewardship in the Digital World:  Has your Church Made the Leap? Money has gone digital, communication has gone digital, education has gone digital – the church can embrace the digital culture without losing the human relationships that mean so much to all of us! Join us as we share some of the ways stewardship can (and ...

Electronic Giving App

Ross Williams

April 23, 2015

Please see the communication below regarding an electronic giving app that is available for use in United Methodist churches. This app works in conjunction with Vanco Payment Solutions, which has been used for years by many United Methodist Conferences and churches to process electronic transactions.

Reminder - Free in-person Finance Seminars

Ross Williams

February 17, 2015

Just a quick reminder that Ed Ruppmann is setting up dates now for spring sessions of this free program. All you need to do is to send Ed an e-mail saying "We're Interested" and he will reach out to you. His e-mail address is   Dear Finance 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. ...

Training for Church Secretaries - Date Change

Ross Williams

January 26, 2015

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. Sincerely, Ross   The mission of the Professional Association of United Methodist Church Secretaries (PAUMCS) is to provide church secretaries and other administrative professionals a supportive base for unity and fellowship so as to promote individual growth, professional ...

GCFA Announces Avis Car Rental Plan

Ross Williams

January 16, 2015

Dear Pastors, Treasusrers and Finance Chairs, Please see the announcment below of special rates negotiated by GCFA with Avis and Budget Car rental. Sincerely, Ross To continue our commitment to provide excellent programs, we are happy to announce an arrangement with Avis Car Rental that can provide discounted rental rates. The program will benefit United Methodists throughout the connection. This global arrangement ...

Health Insurance Reporting on W-2

Sally Truglia

January 12, 2015

Happy New Year! Before you distribute W-2 tax forms for your employees and most specifically for your pastors, please be aware of some of the recent IRS rulings regarding the Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act requires the employer (church) to report the value of the group medical insurance plan to the IRS in Box 12 using code DD.   The rates to be reported are the not the uniform rate that we charge each church, rather it is the actual premium rate that we are billed by HealthFlex. ...

Church Secretary Training - Limited Scholarships Available

Ross Williams

December 19, 2014

Dear Pastors and other Church Leaders, Please see the message below from GCFA about the availability of training for church secretaries.  Please note that a limited number of scholarships are available.   Dear PAUMCS Members and Friends: The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) endorses and supports the Certification Institute for the Professional Association of United Methodist Church Secretaries (PAUMCS).  The classes are held at the GCFA Ministry Center in Nashville, ...

FREE Con Edison Light Bulb Replacement Program

Ross Williams

December 11, 2014

Dear Church Pastors, Treasurers and Trustee Chairs, If your church is located in the 5 boroughs or Westchester County, Con Edison is currently running a program whereby one of their partner vendors (iLightGreen) will visit your premises and replace older light bulbs with new energy efficient ones FREE OF CHARGE.  Normally these programs are at least partially funded by the utility consumer but in this case, the Conference has received a waiver of all charges. The Conference Center just went ...

Financial Leadership Academy for Clergy

Ross Williams

October 15, 2014

Dear Clergy, The Mid-Atlantic United Methodist Foundation is offering a program for clergy that will meet over the course of two years called the Financial Leadership Academy.  The program will conisist of six seminars on a variety of financial topics including stewardship, church finances, planned giving and fundraising.  Sessions will be 1.5 days and be held at Simpson UMC in Wilmington, DE.  For more details on topics covered, click here.  The cost of the program, which is underwritten by ...

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