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CM District News and Updates

February 20, 2018

STATs Verification Notices

Notices were sent via email from the Office of Finance and Administration on Tuesday, February 19 to Senior Pastor(s), Finance Chair(s), Treasurer(s), Council Chair(s), and to the Church Office.  The notice contains the church’s 2019 apportionment calculation based on statistical data entered into Ezra for 2017.  

If you received the notice, please review the information included on the attachment and, in accordance with all those who have been asked to review the notice, complete the response form no later than Monday, February 26.  A link to the response form is included in the attachment.  Only one response form per church is necessary.  If a response is not received, the Office of Finance and Administration will indicate your approval of the statistical data as submitted.


Eugene Otto Memorial Fund Grant - Applications Due March 16, 2018

The Eugene Otto Memorial Fund is designed to provide small-member, local churches with funding for a variety of ministry needs. Mrs. Vivian Otto, the driving force behind the establishment of this Fund, served the District for 10 years as a Program Director. It was in that capacity that she identified the need for funding, most notably for supplies and programming.

Individual churches within the Greater Washington and Central Maryland Districts, with combined worship and Sunday school attendance of 250 or less, are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to new ministries and programs that help to connect the church with the surrounding community.  

Apply Here


Washington Region Leadership Day

The Washington Region will host its 2018 Leadership Day on Saturday, February 24, 2018.  Join us from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. to engage in conversation and inspiration around finding YOUR ONE DEGREE!  

Download the event guide and workshop catalog to choose your path toward Igniting Leadership!

Register Here

Interested in being a Volunteer for Leadership Day?  Click here!

Interested in hosting a resource table for Leadership Day? Click here!


Conversation Circles: Racism and Bias

Participate in a conversation circle about experiences of race, racism, and bias. Members of our community are invited to attend a conversation circle at any one of six locations on the 4th Tuesday of each month through May 2018 - February 27, March 27, April 24, and May 22.

Tickets are FREE.  You do not have to attend at your own congregation's site, and you're invited to participate even if you're not a member of any congregation! Simply click the REGISTER button to select a ticket for the location where you would like to participate.

Register Here

 

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 www.bwcumc.org/administration/finance/local-church-resources/scholarships/.


ONGOING NEWS: 

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 https://www.umccybercampus.com/coaching/find-coach/ 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 https://www.umccybercampus.com/coaching/ ."


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 it that of GCFA.   If your church needs proof of its non-profit status (501(c)(3) status), refer to these instructions for acquiring GCFA's Group Ruling Letter.  Beginning January 2018, you can also request that your church be listed on GuideStar® - a reputable non-profit organization database - through UMGroupRuling.org


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: 

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