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Tuesday, Jan 7, 2020
A number of proposals for the reorganization of The United Methodist Church will be considered by General Conference delegates at its upcoming meeting May 5-15, 2020 in Minneapolis. Below you will find a link to each of the major proposals as well as a downloadable comparison chart. Plans are listed in alphabetical order and does not include proposals from individuals. Further details are in the documents and legislation. All proposals will be open for amendmen... continue reading
Friday, Jan 3, 2020
A diverse group of representatives from United Methodist advocacy groups with contrasting views and bishops from around the world has collaborated on a proposed agreement for the separation of The United Methodist Church (UMC) that has the unanimous support of all the parties involved. The agreement, the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation, was achieved on December 17, 2019 and announced today. The action comes amid heightened tensions in... continue reading
Thursday, Dec 26, 2019
A Just Resolution in the judicial complaint against Rev. Donald “Bud” Heckman has been reached. Effective December 23, 2019, Heckman was “retired under complaint.”  He is no longer under appointment nor allowed to conduct sacerdotal functions and will perform no ministerial activities in the name of The United Methodist Church.  As a result of the Just Resolution, there will be no church trial. During this process, Heckman acknowledged his regret in not being f... continue reading
Tuesday, Dec 17, 2019
2019 W-2 forms are due to all employees by January 31, 2020.  Information to help with preparing IRS Form W-2 for clergy, which can be complicated, can be found on the Conference website. Use the worksheet and example here as a guide for preparing your pastor's W-2. This sample spreadsheet and W-2 is just that, a sample. Your fact set may include more or fewer items to report (for example, moving expenses which are now taxable if paid or reimbursed are not in t... continue reading
Tuesday, Dec 17, 2019
The United Methodist Church has a long history of tackling complicated, controversial and contemporary topics such as polygamy, child marriage, abortion, violence and treatment of migrants. While much attention currently is focused on the church's stance on LGBTQ people, it is not the only human struggle the church prays about and addresses. For the past eight years, a diverse group of writers and editors has been revising the denomination's Social Principles,... continue reading
Tuesday, Dec 17, 2019
The confirmation retreat at Camp Wesley is an enhancement to your church's current confirmation program. Students who are already in the confirmation process at their church can attend this great retreat designed to supplement the confirmation experience. This weekend retreat will provide students an opportunity to explore their own faith journey through 4 selected topics: Covenant, Spiritual Gifts, Wesleyan Tradition and The Apostles Creed.  Youth Pastors who... continue reading
Monday, Dec 9, 2019
Advent is here. And with it, all the preparations for Christmas. Over the next few weeks, we're going to look at a few people who appear in the story of Jesus' birth and how they demonstrated courage. Today we're beginning with Mary. And before you say, "what about Joseph?" we're exploring the Courage of Joseph on the Transforming Mission blog. We're pretty sure if you've ever spent any time with an expecting mom and dad, excitement, joy, and wonder aren't th... continue reading
Monday, Dec 9, 2019
A new survey from United Methodist Communications found willingness to visit a United Methodist Church rose to 42 percent in 2019 among U.S. adults seeking more spirituality in their lives and who are aware of the denomination. That's up from 28 percent in 2017. About half of those who would be willing to visit a United Methodist church said they would definitely or probably do so in the next three months. Millennials are more likely than GenX-ers to say they... continue reading
Monday, Dec 9, 2019
Registration closes Wednesday morning, December 18 for all three camps Winter Camp sessions on December 28-30. All three camps have openings and financial assistance is available. What better way to spend some of Christmas vacation than to be at camp and having some winter outdoor and indoor fun!  For any questions or assistance with registration please call 614-781-2630.
Monday, Dec 9, 2019
Following a meaningful first event in Central Ohio, The West Ohio Conference will offer three additional presentations of "Crossing the Color Line: 400 Years of Race in America," a time of worship, learning, and discussion about the history of racism in the U.S.  The events will take place in January and February 2020 in the Cincinnati, Dayton, and Toledo areas, and will include a screening of the documentary, "Underground," which takes viewers on a journey... continue reading