The Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church has compiled many useful forms and resources for local churches to utilize as a resource. Information about Verizon Wireless discounts, retiree housing forms, moving information, tithing information, clergy administration, and much more can be found in this section.
How to Calculate the Local Church Tithe to the Annual Conference
ALL CHURCHES (including New Church Starts and Merged Congregations) WILL BE ASKED TO TITHE THEIR INCOME TO THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE.
AT A MINIMUM, A TITHE WOULD BE COMPRISED OF THESE ITEMS:
- Income from identified and unidentified contributors.
- Pledged or unpledged income.
- Undesignated interest and dividend income.
- Income received from building use fees.
- Income received from fundraisers and programs in support of the operating budget.
Income from capital campaigns, pass-through giving and tuition-based ministries is not included in the tithing calculation.
ALL CHURCHES (including New Church Starts and Merged Congregations) WILL BE ASKED TO CONTRIBUTE a percentage of the church income identified in items 1-5 to fund the 10 District Ministries on an equitable basis. This percentage will be determined by the Districts and adopted by the District Conference.
- Central 1.5%
- East 1.15%
- North Central 1%
- North 1%
- Northeast 1%
- Northwest 1%
- South 1.5%
- Southeast 1.25%
- Southwest 1.2%
- West 1.45%
Tithe Form (click and enter directly into PDF)
Where to send your tithe and other giving:
Carol Stream, IL 60122
Year-end Reporting (Check Day)
Year end reporting submission dates are from January 1 to February 15.
After February 15th all numbers will be sent to the General Council on Finance and Administration for use in calculating Conference Apportionments. (Non-reporting churches will be reported to the Bishop, District Superintendents, Conference Journal, and Annual Conference.)
Login Information: Your password resets each year. Your church id number is your username and your initial password is password. After your first login you will be prompted to create a new password.
Getting Started Tutorial
Click the square in the lower right hand corner to enlarge.
(Each slide has a video with sound, sound may not be compatible with mobile devices.)
Once someone has logged into the system the initial password no longer works. Please check with the treasurer or pastor before contacting Glenda Peery for a password reset.
You are encouraged to print a blank form to use as a worksheet before logging into the site to enter data since the site will time out after about 30-45 minutes.
Currently Ezra is not compatible with Internet Explorer 10 and users are recommended to use a different browser. To work around the issue; when you see a link that says “Download PDF”, don’t just click on it – instead, right click on the link and select “Save As …”.
Do not enter anything other than 0-9, the system will not accept $, periods, or commas.
All forms available in pdf format only. Adobe reader is free to download here.
- GCFA’s Ezra System for year-end reporting/check day
- Church User Guide
- Notes on Church Membership
- Counting Worship Attendance (this resource borrowed from the Missouri conference)
2018 Equitable (Minimum) Compensation Guidelines
2018 Denominational Average Compensation = $70,202
- Minimum salary for Full-Time Elders and Full-Time Deacons appointed to serve a local church is set at 60% of the DAC (Denominational Average Compensation) as calculated annually by the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits. (2018 =$42,121)
- Minimum salary for Full-Time Associate and Probationary Members appointed to serve a local church is set at 58% of the DAC (Denominational Average Compensation) as calculated annually by the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits. (2018 = $40,717)
- Minimum salary for Full-Time Local Pastors appointed to serve a local church is set at 55% of the DAC (Denominational Average Compensation) as calculated annually by the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits. (2018 = $38,611)
The recommended Cost of Living Increase for 2018 is 2.3%. This range is based on Cost of Living indexes published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for the Midwest Region of the country – June 2016 to June 2017.
- Poor/No increase
Please Note: These are recommendations to assist you. The Book of Discipline clearly states that the primary responsibility for determination and payment of pastoral salaries remains with individual pastoral charges.
FSLA: Federal Judge Postpones the Start of the New Overtime Rule
The Department of Labor’s new federal overtime rule, which was to take effect on December 1st, has been temporarily postponed under a preliminary injunction by a federal judge in Texas. Under the new rule, the Fair Labor Standards Act’s salary threshold for employees to be exempt from overtime pay was to be raised from $23,660 to $47,476 (or $455 weekly to $913 weekly). In other words, the new FLSA rule would require any employee not making at least $913 a week to be considered hourly (non-exempt) and be eligible for overtime pay rates for any hours worked over 40 in one pay week (or 7-day work week). The new rule also proposes to establish an automated updating mechanism to adjust the threshold every three years. The current nationwide injunction postpones the implementation and enforcement of the FLSA’s revisions.
For now, the new overtime rule will not take effect as planned December 1st, but it still could be implemented at some later date. As an employer, you should continue to follow the existing overtime regulations until a decision is reached – meaning an employee must currently make at least $255 per work week to be classified as exempt/salary and exempt from overtime pay. If you have already raised an exempt employee’s salary to meet the proposed threshold or if you have reclassified your employees from exempt (salary) to non-exempt (hourly), you will more than likely want to leave those decisions in place for now. However, if you have not made any changes, such decisions and transitions can be postponed until further notice.
- FLSA Compliance Whitepaper (GCFA)
- FLSA Guidance
- FLSA Roadmap
- DOL Fact Sheet
- DOL Nonprofit Guidance
- UM News – New Overtime Rule Means Church Changes
- GCFA – Compliance HR