Bishop Ward Encourages Engagement in Higher Ed
In this week’s Connections, Bishop Ward encourages churches located near colleges and universities to explore ways to be more engaged in ministry with students and introduces a new initiative in the Wilmington area linking churches and UNC-Wilmington.
Pension Forms for Pastors Changing Appointments
Pastors who have moved to a new appointment, should complete two pension documents for their new church treasurer. All pastors should complete the 2013 Pension Worksheet. Only pastors electing to participate in the UMPIP should complete the Contribution Agreement form for the UMPIP. If a pastor is making a change to his/her contribution amount, then give a copy of the form to the church treasurer and send the original to JoAnna Ezuka at the conference building in Garner. These forms can be found either on the Online Data Collection System or the Treasurer’s Office Downloads page. Local church treasurers need these forms to reconcile the pension billings.
On-Line Data System Information Has Been Updated
The On-Line Data System has now been updated with the new appointments for 2013-2014. All pastors should now be associated with their new appointment in the On-Line Data Collection System. If anyone has any problem logging in to the OLDCS or seeing their correct church when logged in, please contact Jennifer Walls at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Free Webinars for Learning
“Spiritual, But Not Religious – Adult Faith in a Post-Christendom World,” July 23 – 6:30 p.m. CDT: participants will explore characteristics of current social context, its impact on the church, and implications for adult faith formation in the emerging religious paradigm. This exploration will include ideas for helping adults grow in faith and live as disciples of Jesus Christ. Register here or going to webinars.
“Is Your Church Ready for a Capital Funds Campaign?” July 25 – 6:30 p.m. CDT: does your church have the need for capital improvements that cannot be met with funds from the general operating budget? Explore key indicators for churches to determine whether they are ready to conduct a successful Capital Campaign. Register here or going to webinars.