Policy2018-10-25T12:44:58+00:00

Policy

Death Notice Policy

The Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church values the lives and ministries of all who serve (or served) in their personal ministry connected to our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Celebrating the life of those who have joined the church triumphant is important to our Connection with our members actively serving and those who have transitioned to retirement or out of professional ministry. Therefore, the Indiana Conference will use the following guidelines in sharing news around deaths of clergy, lay staff, and family members:

Active Clergy

For all active clergy members, the Indiana Conference will share to the conference via email by the Death Notice subscription list in the event of the following:

  1. Active clergy member dies
  2. Active clergy member’s spouse/partner dies
  3. Active clergy member’s immediate family (siblings of any nature, children, step-children or anyone the member has guardianship of)
  4. Active clergy member’s in-laws (father, mother)

Retired Clergy or those who have left the Connection

For all retired clergy members or those who have left the Connection (in good standing), the Indiana Conference will share to the conference via email by the Death Notice subscription list in the event of the following:

  1. Retired clergy person or inactive members dies
  2. Retired clergy member’s spouse/widow
  3. Retired clergy member’s children, step-children or anyone the member has guardianship

Conference Lay Staff or Legacy Volunteers

For all lay staff currently employed by the conference and legacy volunteers of the conference, as noted by the bishop or extended cabinet, the Indiana Conference will share to the conference via email by the Death Notice subscription list in the event of the following:

  1. Currently employed staff dies
  2. Currently employed staff’s spouse/partner dies
  3. Currently employed staff member’s immediate family (children, step-children or anyone the member has guardianship of)
  4. Retired/long-term former conference employee dies
  5. Legacy volunteer dies

Clergy, lay staff or their families may opt-out of having official notices sent to the Conference by notifying the Communications Director, Communications Staff, Conference Assistants or Conference Superintendents. All death notices for publication must be submitted by the family, or staff alerted of the death via the Conference Website.

Death notices are sent out as they are received, within 24 to 48 hour period. Notices received after 1:00 p.m. on Friday or during the weekend may or may not be sent until the following Monday, however the Communications Office will make all efforts to share notices in a timely manner.