A Way Forward … Expanding Our Witness and Mission in the World

Bishop Tracy S. Malone

The Commission on a Way Forward released its interim report to the Council of Bishops and shared sketches of models from it with the understanding that the Council is not restricted to these models and that we remain open to learning, listening and improvements. The Commission did not express preference for any particular model, and the Council of Bishops neither voted to endorse any model for the future of the Church, nor eliminated any model from consideration.

I encourage you to continue praying for the Commission and to register for one of the scheduled EOC Conversations on a Way Forward.  I trust that God will continue to lead us forward as we strive to maintain the unity of the Church and expand our witness and mission in the world.

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EOC Churches Offered Payroll Processing Service


The office of Financial and Administrative Services partnered with Paychex to provide an updated payroll processing service that offers additional benefits, while providing all users with consistent reporting, filing, and processing standards. Churches enrolled in the former QuickBooks service are completing their paperwork to be converted to the new Paychex system. 

The deadline to enroll in Paychex payroll for a January 2018 start date has passed. So, churches wishing to enroll in the new payroll service will need to process their own payroll for January 2018. 

The deadline to enroll for a February 2018 start date is Monday, December 18, 2017.  The $1,000 set-up fee will be waived for new customers whose faxed paperwork is received in the office of Financial and Administrative Services by December 18, 2017.

Learn more and register for the new payroll processing service.

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

Four Areas of Focus

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

Rule of Christ

RULE OF CHRIST: This ministry resource applies Jesus’ teachings from Matthew 18 to the life of the local church by creating a process that aids pastors and congregation in managing conflicts, disagreements, and relationships because healthy disciples make other healthy disciples, who, together, transform the world.

Disaster response

CONVERSATIONS ON A WAY FORWARD: All EOC clergy and laity are invited, and encouraged, to participate in intentional Conversations on a Way Forward as we think about the challenges that our differences around human sexuality present us at this time in The United Methodist Church. Register here.

Advent Resources

ADVENT RESOURCES: Agencies of our connectional United Methodist Church have designed customizable Advent resources for your congregation.  The Coming Home worship series from Discipleship Ministries invites you to unwrap something special this Christmas, while marketing tools from UM Communications can be used to promote worship at your church.

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