Lay Minister Resources
Licensed Local Pastor - Course of Study
Course of Study is a program of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, administered by the seminary, for the purpose of educating licensed local pastors in the United Methodist Church. The Saint Paul Course of Study School offers a variety of formats:
- Summer Session-4 Weeks in July/August – each course is 1 week long (Mon – Fri)
- Winter Session-2 Weeks in January – each course is 1 week long (Mon – Fri)
- Fall and Spring–Weekend Sessionss
For more information about courses and deadlines: http://www.spst.edu/cos/
2017 IRS Mileage Rate Decrease
Beginning on Jan. 1, 2017, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be 53.5 cents per mile for business miles driven, down from 54 cents for 2016. https://www.irs.gov/uac/2017-standard-mileage-rates-for-business-and-medical-and-moving-announced
Do you need a new 501(c)(3) form for your church?
There is an on-line process for each church to receive their own Group Tax Exemption Ruling letter. Please go to www.gcfa.org and then choose FORMS in the left-hand section of the home page. Then choose GROUP RULING under the Local Church heading, see direct link below. You need to know the church’s FEIN to begin the process. Let the District office know if you have any questions.
Accountable Reimbursement Information
Click above to access to a free online version
Church Insurance: Additional Insured Information
“By listing the Conference & District as additional insured on the church's policy it simply insures that should there be a lawsuit the church's legal team, the district's legal team, and the conference legal team will all be working together on a solution. By listing the conference and district as additional insured the churches are in no way providing insurance for either. Both the districts and the conference carry their own insurance. It simply makes sure that all the legal teams have to work in the best interests of all parties. We all have a stake in the final outcome. By working together instead of against each other or independently the outcome is usually cheaper in legal fees and lower in assessed damages. This is why most insurance companies are willing to provide the service for no charge or for very little. So far Church Mutual, Brotherhood, UMI, and Grinnell have made the additional insured riders available at no cost to the church.
The technical name for this is ascending liability. So far in our experience whenever there is a charge of misconduct in the local church the district and conference are also named in the lawsuit. This helps us manage the risk inherent in this reality. The additional insured only comes into play when there is in issue in that church (Example: if Wesley UMC, the District and Conference are named in a suit, it does not mean that First UMC becomes involved.)”
Christian Copyright Licensing International - www.ccli.com - 1-800-234-2446
Records Retention for Local Churches
GCFA Schedule for 2013-2016 (If you want more details, go to the full 60-page document at www.gcfa.org under the Resources menu and type "local church records retention" in the search box - indicated by the magnifier icon.)
Travel Reimbursement Policy
Safe Sanctuaries - Local Church Information
For more complete & updated info, go to www.moumethodist.org, then Safe Sanctuaries