CM District News and Updates

December 5, 2017

Bishop's Day on the Central Maryland District

Bishop Easterling invites you to share your thoughts, insights, questions, and more at the 2017 Bishop's Day on the Central Maryland District.

Date:  Monday, December 11, 2017

Clergy will gather from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Laity will gather from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 
Light refreshments will be served at the Laity Session.

Bethany UMC
2875 Bethany Ln
Ellicott City, MD 21042

All are welcome to attend!

RSVP Here by Wednesday, December 6th.

Dec. 5 & 14 - STAT's Training 

@ Baltimore-Washington Conference

December 5th :  Choose from two training sessions
* 2:00p - 4:00p
* 7:00p - 9:00p

December 14:   Choose from two training sessions
* 10:00a - 12:00p
* 1:00p - 3:00p

STATs will be due in EZRA by noon on January 26, 2018.  As of December 4th, EZRA 2016 login credentials will no longer be activated.  2017 credentials will be sent out following training.  A 2017 printable worksheet will be provided at training and will be available in EZRA upon logging in with your 2017 credentials.  


Bishop's Red Stocking Invitation

BWC Scholarship Application

Once again, the Baltimore-Washington Conference will be awarding scholarships for qualified students currently attending college, as well as high school seniors who plan to attend college in the fall of 2018. The application process opens on January 3, 2018 and closes March 7, 2018. 

A variety of scholarships are offered to fit the diverse needs of our students. To be considered for a scholarship, students must complete the full online application which includes uploading their current transcripts. In addition, the student must provide contact information for their pastor and one additional church reference. The pastor and reference will be contacted and asked to submit information on the student’s participation in the local church. The entire process will be done online for ease of the student, pastor, and reference.     

For details about the individual scholarships or to apply for a scholarship, please visit

Resolutions for the 2018 Annual Conference Session

The deadline for submitting a resolution to the 2018 session of the Baltimore-Washington Conference is Jan. 15, 2018. See instructions online for creating and submitting a resolution.


South Damascus Charge Travels to Ghana

We extend a warm welcome home to those from the South Damascus Charge - Wesley Grove UMC, Mount Tabor UMC, Asbury UMC, and Salem UMC - who traveled to Ghana October 23 - November 4, 2017.  They delivered 25 dresses and t-shirts to girls and boys at Countryside Orphanage in Ghana.  

Photo Credit:  Rev. Karen Davis
Handmade dresses delivered to Countryside Orphanage in Ghana, Africa 

Eight-Year Assessment (EYA) / GBHEM's UMC Cyber Campus

"Since 2013, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) has been nurturing United Methodist clergy coaches with Certification from the International Coach Federation (ICF) as a response to increasing demand for pastoral coaching leadership. The Board has produced more than 40 Associate Certified and Professional Certified United Methodist clergy coaches.  The Clergy Coach Training program from GBHEM has been globally recognized, with international training provided in South Korea and South Africa.

The 2016 General Conference affirmed that coaching was to be a utility to vitalize ministries and develop leadership of clergy by passing the following legislation:

  1. Study of Ministry Commission recommended using a series of coaching for clergy assessments.

  2. Study of Ministry also proposed to strengthen the requirement for lifelong learning and coaching for clergy for educational and spiritual growth. 

  3. Coaching to be used for the new assessment process of clergy: “The process shall include both a formal review and an in-depth renewal opportunity, such as a retreat or series of coaching and mentoring sessions” (BOD q349.3, 2016).

    The eight-year assessment (EYA) is not only for evaluating clergy but also to provide opportunities for clergy professional development.  Coaching is one of the best ways to develop pastoral leadership.

    Please click here for the information about a special upcoming training event for the EYA on February 19-21, 2018 in Orlando, FL. 
  4. Coaching to be one of the pathways to transform urban congregations.

  5. Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century to use coaching to transform and sustain vital Black congregations and Black Pastors in cross-racial and cross-cultural appointments.  To respond to the need of cross-racial and cross-cultural coaching, GBHEM has specifically been nurturing racial-ethnic clergy who can coach in multicultural settings.

Please visit at the UMC Cyber Campus website, and utilize UMC ICF certified coaches for clergy assessment, leadership development, the ordination process and to nurture clergy effectiveness.  To learn more about our Clergy Coach Training program, please go to ."

Sales and Use Tax Exempt Certificates

As congregations put their State Sales Tax Exemption Certificates into place, some church leaders have reported having troubles. The Baltimore-Washington Conference Finance Department is standing by, ready to answer any questions or assist in the process. Contact the BWC Treasurer Paul Eichelberger

Other Resources:

501 (c)(3) Status

The BWC does not hold group ruling letters for UMC churches within the Conference.  Furthermore, the EIN for the BWC is not the EIN of each local church, nor is that of GCFA.   If your churhc needs proof of its non-profit status (501(c)(3) status), refer to these instructions for acquiring GCFA's Group Ruling Letter.

Arena for Churches - Updating Committee Information

Completing updates to committee listings is required.  The information in the church's Committee Leader Toolbox in Arena will be used to generate the Nominations Report for your Church or Charge Conference. 

Keep your existing church leadership information up-to-date throughout the year to alleviate having to make a lot of changes right before your Church or Charge Conference.  

Please refer to the Committee Leader Toolbox User Guide before you begin making updates.  Additionally, the following resource will provide you with important information about updates that are required: Required Committee Updates.

If you need assistance with logging into Arena, click here

These video guides are another great resource: