Conference Dates for 2019


February 23-26 – St. Louis, MO
A Special Session of General Conference has been called to receive and act upon a report from the Commission on a Way Forward and recommendations of the Council of Bishops.

June 7-9 – Lakeside Chautauqua
The theme for Youth Annual Conference 2019 is Peace.  A1 Chops, Egypt, and Jacob Finn join keynote speaker Stephanie Caro for this statewide event designed by youth for youth.

June 10-13 – Lakeside Chautauqua
Bearing Fruit that Lasts: Committed is the theme of Annual Conference 2019, which will highlight the joy of making a commitment to take up residence in God’s love and extend that love to others.



ALL EVENTS: View the EOC Calendar
SUBMIT: Submit An Event to the Calendar

New Tax Applies to Nonprofit Employee Parking

Rev. Ed Fashbaugh

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (December 2017) states, in part, that tax-exempt employers (such as churches) may need to treat the cost of providing parking to their employees as unrelated business taxable income (UBTI). 

Churches can legally avoid this new tax if – by March 31, 2019:

  • its parking facilities do NOT have any spots designated by signs, gates, attendants, etc. as being only for employees/contractors; AND
  • its parking facilities are NOT used primarily for employees/contractors.

Get guidance on the parking issue from the General Council on Finance and Administration.

Equipping local churches to be, make, and mature disciples of Jesus Christ


EOC VISION: As our Episcopal leader, Bishop Tracy S. Malone holds out a vision and a hope that we will be bold, faithful and courageous in our Christian witness and will behold the power, the Holy Spirit’s power, that has been poured out upon us. View the bishop’s vision message.

2018 Annual Conference

FOUR AREAS OF FOCUS: Our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world centers on Four Areas of Focus: Engaging in Ministry with the Poor; Improving Global Health; Developing Principled Christian Leaders; and Creating New and Renewed Congregations.

Disaster response

APPOINTMENTS: In making appointments, Bishop Tracy S. Malone considers the gifts and evidence of God’s grace of those appointed; needs, characteristics and opportunities of congregations; and faithfulness and commitment to an open itineracy. View appointments.

Pathways to Ministry

PATHWAYS TO MINISTRY: All Christians are ministers who are called to service.  As you explore God’s call on your life, the resources on the Pathways to Ministry pages can help you discern your call to be ordained clergy or your call to the ministry of the laity.

to life-giving ministries of The United Methodist Church.

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