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About Clergy Resources

Clergy throughout our Indiana Conference worship and work together in response to our call. We connect with local and global communities. We work to innovate ministry to meet the needs emerging in our world today. We impact the world as we make disciples for the purpose of personal and corporate transformation.

Clergy Resources is a place for clergy in every stage of professional development. Here you will find information to help you serve in your ministry context.

Our Goals

Connect

Equip leaders with education, resources, and information so that they might connect others. We take our example from Christ, who taught us that striving together produces a richer harvest.

Innovate

Foster successful risk-taking through adaptable tools, resources, and language. We are called right here, right now, which means we seek new ways to be relevant to those we serve.

Impact

Celebrate the diverse ways clergy make a difference for Christ in our communities. We develop clergy who engage in effective ministry across a wide range of ministry focuses and contexts.

Areas of Focus

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Continuing Education

To sustain vitality, creativity, and impact, leaders need encouragement. We are here to walk alongside you, whether you have been a follower of Christ for 10 minutes, a lifetime, or somewhere in between. Our team provides funds and opportunities to assist in your Christian leadership journey.

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Pension and Benefits

Your emotional, physical, and spiritual health matter. Explore ways we can help you meet your goals and access your benefits for both holistic and financial health.

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Entering Ministry

All disciples of Christ are called to ministry. We understand some are called to a formal response through licensed or ordained ministry, while others are called into lay ministry (responding to God in other ways). If you are newly responding to a call from God to step up your leadership, we’re here to help you discern how to respond.

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Discipleship

Choosing to be a follower of Christ makes you a disciple. The cornerstone of the Church’s work is engaging in both tending your own growth as a disciple and supporting others who are discovering and responding to Christ. Our resources support you and those who look to you for discipling leadership.

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Administration and Forms

We are Methodists, which means that there is a process and a method for communicating and connecting across our Conference and the wider Connection. Explore our leadership development forms and instructions that clarify and simplify our communication and resourcing process.

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Clergy Care

Clergy friend, we care about you. We care about your physical, mental, and spiritual health. Clergy care is a place where you can learn to improve your health— and receive assistance when you need help finding your path to good health.

Events

Art of Hospitality 2024

Art of Hospitality 2024 Date: Tuesday, April 16 – Wednesday, April 17, 2024 Hosts: Resurrection’s ShareChurch Ministry Cost: Individual: $129 – $169 / Person; Group Rate: 20% Off (5 or more) Super Early Bird Pricing until February 23, Early Bird Pricing until March 22 – Register Early for the best price!   Art of Hospitality returns, offering church leaders an in-depth immersion into the art of creating exceptional guest experiences. This year, the event unveils two new sessions: -Ensuring Safety and Security: Prioritizing guest well-being with practical protocols and procedures. -Providing Great Experience In-person and Online: Cultivating warm welcomes and genuine connections in both physical and virtual settings.   Join experienced speakers, including Rev. Adam Hamilton (Resurrection's Founding Pastor) and authors Yvonne Gentile and Debi Nixon, as they share: -Proven strategies: Learn from experienced leaders and adapt their insights to your context. -Interactive workshops: Immerse yourself in practical activities and apply learnings immediately. -Networking opportunities: Connect with colleagues from across the country and build lasting relationships.   This in-person event will showcase: -Hands-on learning: Experience the impact of exceptional hospitality firsthand. -Scalable solutions: Adapt strategies to fit your church's unique needs and size. -Lasting impact: Leave equipped with tools to […]

Child and Youth Protection Training

Child and Youth Protection Training April 20, 2024, 10a-12p - online via Zoom - registration coming soon Description - The Indiana Annual Conference is committed to the well-being of every person entrusted to its care as well as those entrusted to the care of local United Methodist Churches in all of Indiana. Our calling is to provide safe sanctuary for all of God’s people including our children, youth, and vulnerable adults. Indiana United Methodists affirm that all children, youth, and vulnerable adults have the right to expect safe sanctuary. There is no cost to attend. Expect to Learn: -why a child and youth policy is essential -how to create or update your church policy -INUMC protection policy -how to create or update a training for your church -how to address concerns regarding social media, technology, and the internet -when and how to address child abuse

Northeast District Leading Worship Lay Servant Academy

This course focuses on the ministry of the Lay Servant who either regularly or occasionally leads a group, class, organization, or the congregation in worship.  The course is grounded in the classic patterns of Christian worship and the practices of leading worship.  Upon completion of this course the student should be able to identify the Basic Pattern of Worship and describe its history.  They should be able to offer supportive feedback on planning and leading worship.  Participants will explore and practice leading worship in a variety of settings, and alternative patterns of worship. Click here to learn more.

What is White Christian Nationalism?

Evangel Heights UMC 114 N Ironwood Drive, South Bend, IN, United States

Are you curious, concerned, or confused about what White Christian Nationalism is? Join Dr. Drew Strait in an interactive lecture and facilitated discussion. Dr. Strait will unpack definitions of White Christian Nationalism. He will also explain why it presents an immediate threat to democracy and the church’s public witness. Q&A along with suggestions for how Christians can faithfully love God and neighbor during this time of polarization and growing violent extremism will follow the Forum. Drew J. Strait is a professor of New Testament and a pastor theologian at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, IN. His scholarly work focuses on political idolatry and how congregations can challenge violent extremism and polarization.

Resources

TitleMinistry CategoryResource Typehf:tax:resource_types
2024 Comparison GuideAdmin & Financial Services, Clergy SupportTools and Formstools-and-forms
2024 Healthflex UpdatesAdmin & Financial Services, Clergy SupportTools & Assessmentstools-assessments
2024 Rates PageAdmin & Financial Services, Clergy SupportTools and Formstools-and-forms
2024 Recommended Movers ListAdmin & Financial Services, Clergy ResourcesSystems & Structuressystems-structures
2024 Retiree Move InfoAdmin & Financial Services, Clergy ResourcesSystems & Structuressystems-structures
A Model to Mitigate StressorsClergy Resources, Clergy SupportResources for Clergyresources-for-clergy
Abuse Awareness GlossaryAdmin & Financial Services, Clergy SupportTools & Assessmentstools-assessments
Annual Statement of Loyalty from Ministers from other Christian Denominations and Lay Persons Serving in Supply StatusClergy ResourcesSystems & Structuressystems-structures
Application for Church Assignment / Appointment Indiana Conference of The United Methodist ChurchClergy ResourcesSystems & Structuressystems-structures
Application for Full Membership and OrdinationClergy ResourcesSystems & Structuressystems-structures
Application for Provisional MembershipClergy ResourcesSystems & Structuressystems-structures
Appointment to an Extension MinistryBishop, Clergy ResourcesClergy Reporting & Assessmentsclergy-reporting-assessments
Benefits Information Contact ListClergy ResourcesTools & Assessmentstools-assessments
Called to FruitfulnessClergy ResourcesGrantsgrants
Candidacy Mentor ReportClergy ResourcesSystems & Structuressystems-structures
CCS For You and the FamilyClergy Resources, Clergy Support
Certified CandidatesClergy Resources
Certified Lay Minister (CLM) Conference Superintendent & District Committee on Ministry (dCOM) Recommendation for Certification & RecertificationClergy ResourcesSystems & Structuressystems-structures
Charge Conference AppendixAdmin & Financial Services, Clergy SupportTools & Assessmentstools-assessments
Christian Unity in Central DistrictClergy Resources
Christian Unity in East DistrictClergy Resources
Christian Unity in North Central DistrictClergy Resources
Christian Unity in North DistrictClergy Resources
Christian Unity in Northeast DistrictClergy Resources
Christian Unity in Northwest DistrictClergy Resources
Christian Unity in South DistrictClergy Resources
Christian Unity in Southeast DistrictClergy Resources
Christian Unity in Southwest DistrictClergy Resources
Christian Unity in West DistrictClergy Resources
Clergy Care ServicesClergy ResourcesTools & Assessmentstools-assessments
Clergy Care Services Phone NumberClergy Resources, Clergy Support
Clergy CoachingClergy ResourcesTools & Assessmentstools-assessments
Clergy Retirement Security Program (CRSP) at a GlanceAdmin & Financial Services, Clergy SupportTools & Assessmentstools-assessments
CoachingClergy Resources
Course of StudyClergy ResourcesOnline Training / Coursesonline-training-courses
Course of Study Exemption RequestClergy ResourcesSystems & Structuressystems-structures
Declaration of Candidacy Charge Conference RecommendationClergy ResourcesSystems & Structuressystems-structures
Developing a Self-Care PlanClergy Resources, Clergy SupportResources for Clergyresources-for-clergy
District Committee Checklist for Ministers of Other Denomination – (OD)Clergy ResourcesSystems & Structuressystems-structures
District Committee on Ministry Action ReportClergy ResourcesSystems & Structuressystems-structures
District Committee on Ministry Application for Reinstatement of Certified CandidateClergy ResourcesSystems & Structuressystems-structures
District Committee on Ministry Recommendation for Provisional or Associate MembershipClergy ResourcesSystems & Structuressystems-structures
Employee Assistance ProgramClergy ResourcesTools & Assessmentstools-assessments
Enrolling into Virgin PulseAdmin & Financial Services, Clergy SupportTools and Formstools-and-forms
Equitable CompensationAdmin & Financial Services, Clergy Resources, Clergy Support
Extension Ministries Letter 2024Bishop, Clergy ResourcesClergy Reporting & Assessmentsclergy-reporting-assessments
Flexible Spending Accounts- Health Care and Dependent CareAdmin & Financial Services, Clergy SupportTools and Formstools-and-forms
Form 102 Biographical InformationClergy ResourcesSystems & Structuressystems-structures
Form 102s Biographical Statement Short FormClergy ResourcesSystems & Structuressystems-structures
Form 103 Medical Summary ReportClergy ResourcesClergy Reporting & Assessments, Systems & Structures, Tools & Assessmentsclergy-reporting-assessments systems-structures tools-assessments
Form 103 Physical FormClergy ResourcesClergy Reporting & Assessments, Systems & Structures, Tools & Assessmentsclergy-reporting-assessments systems-structures tools-assessments
Form 104aClergy ResourcesClergy Reporting & Assessments, Systems & Structures, Tools & Assessmentsclergy-reporting-assessments systems-structures tools-assessments
Form 104bClergy ResourcesClergy Reporting & Assessments, Systems & Structures, Tools & Assessmentsclergy-reporting-assessments systems-structures tools-assessments
Form 104cClergy ResourcesClergy Reporting & Assessments, Systems & Structures, Tools & Assessmentsclergy-reporting-assessments systems-structures tools-assessments
Form 114 Notarized DisclosureClergy ResourcesClergy Reporting & Assessments, Systems & Structures, Tools & Assessmentsclergy-reporting-assessments systems-structures tools-assessments
Form 117 Local Church SupportClergy ResourcesClergy Reporting & Assessments, Systems & Structures, Tools & Assessmentsclergy-reporting-assessments systems-structures tools-assessments
Form A Annual Mentor ReportClergy ResourcesClergy Reporting & Assessments, Systems & Structures, Tools & Assessmentsclergy-reporting-assessments systems-structures tools-assessments
Form ACA Application for Church AppointmentClergy ResourcesClergy Reporting & Assessments, Systems & Structures, Tools & Assessmentsclergy-reporting-assessments systems-structures tools-assessments
Form ACF Authorization for Release of InformationClergy ResourcesClergy Reporting & Assessments, Systems & Structures, Tools & Assessmentsclergy-reporting-assessments systems-structures tools-assessments
Form ACOR Application for Group CandidacyClergy ResourcesCertifications & Formal Education, Clergy Reporting & Assessments, Systems & Structurescertifications-formal-education clergy-reporting-assessments systems-structures
Form B Financial Information WorksheetClergy ResourcesClergy Reporting & Assessments, Systems & Structures, Tools & Assessmentsclergy-reporting-assessments systems-structures tools-assessments
Form BC1 Supervisor Request for Background checkClergy ResourcesClergy Reporting & Assessments, Systems & Structures, Tools & Assessmentsclergy-reporting-assessments systems-structures tools-assessments
Form BC2 Applicant Background check Information FormClergy ResourcesClergy Reporting & Assessments, Systems & Structures, Tools & Assessmentsclergy-reporting-assessments systems-structures tools-assessments
Form PDI Personal Data inventoryClergy ResourcesClergy Reporting & Assessments, Systems & Structures, Tools & Assessmentsclergy-reporting-assessments systems-structures tools-assessments
Form PDIS Personal Data Inventory Short FormClergy ResourcesSystems & Structuressystems-structures
Form RSF Release of Supervisory FilesClergy ResourcesClergy Reporting & Assessments, Systems & Structures, Tools & Assessmentsclergy-reporting-assessments systems-structures tools-assessments
Form S Statement of Loyalty for OD and OM StatusClergy ResourcesClergy Reporting & Assessments, Systems & Structures, Tools & Assessmentsclergy-reporting-assessments systems-structures tools-assessments
Form SY Serving in Supply AgreementClergy ResourcesClergy Reporting & Assessments, Systems & Structures, Tools & Assessmentsclergy-reporting-assessments systems-structures tools-assessments
FREEClergy Resources, Clergy Support
Growing YoungChildren Students & Young Adults, Church Development, Clergy Resources
Guide to Accessing your HealthFlex through Benefits AccessAdmin & Financial Services, Clergy SupportTools & Assessmentstools-assessments
HealthFlex Mandatory Premium and Coverage Waiver FormAdmin & Financial Services, Clergy SupportTools & Assessmentstools-assessments
How Do I Contact Clergy Care ServicesClergy Resources, Clergy SupportResources for Clergyresources-for-clergy
HRA FAQ SheetAdmin & Financial Services, Clergy SupportTools and Formstools-and-forms
Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church Minister’s Moving Report FormAdmin & Financial Services, Clergy ResourcesSystems & Structuressystems-structures
Interview Guideline for Staff Parish Committees when Interviewing a Candidate for MinistryClergy ResourcesSystems & Structuressystems-structures
Licensing SchoolClergy Resources
Lincoln Life and AD&DAdmin & Financial Services, Clergy SupportTools and Formstools-and-forms
Lincoln Life Enrollment FormAdmin & Financial Services, Clergy SupportTools and Formstools-and-forms
Loan Forgiveness for Ministry EmployeesAdmin & Financial Services, Clergy Support
Local ChurchAdmin & Financial Services, Clergy Support
Local Church Support for Certified CandidateClergy ResourcesSystems & Structuressystems-structures
Local Pastors – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)Clergy ResourcesSystems & Structures, Tools & Assessmentssystems-structures tools-assessments
Medical Summary Report of Ministerial CandidateClergy ResourcesSystems & Structuressystems-structures
MEF – Clergy Continuing Formation Grant ApplicationClergy ResourcesGrants, Resources for Clergygrants resources-for-clergy
MEF Grant Application – Personal Spiritual Retreats and Self-Guided StudyClergy ResourcesGrants, Resources for Clergygrants resources-for-clergy
Member ResourcesClergy ResourcesBoards & Committeesboards-committees
Ministers of Other Methodist Denominations (OM) ChecklistClergy ResourcesSystems & Structuressystems-structures
MinistrySafeAdmin & Financial Services, Clergy SupportTools & Assessmentstools-assessments
Moving Policies 2024Admin & Financial Services, Clergy ResourcesSystems & Structuressystems-structures
Moving Policy/PracticesAdmin & Financial Services, Clergy ResourcesSystems & Structuressystems-structures
Moving Report Form 2024Admin & Financial Services, Clergy Resources
Non-Coersion Medicare LetterAdmin & Financial Services, Clergy SupportTools & Assessmentstools-assessments
Participants Nearing Medicare Eligibility- Age 65 or Medicare Disabled Considerations for HSA PlansAdmin & Financial Services, Clergy SupportTools and Formstools-and-forms
Pastor/Church Agreement Parsonage ConditionClergy Resources, Clergy SupportBoards & Committees, Clergy Reporting & Assessments, Tools and Formsboards-committees clergy-reporting-assessments tools-and-forms
Provisional CandidatesClergy Resources
Retired Clergy Annual ReportAdmin & Financial Services, Clergy Resources, Clergy SupportClergy Reporting & Assessments, Tools and Formsclergy-reporting-assessments tools-and-forms
Self-Care DefinitionsClergy Resources, Clergy Support
Self-Help/Self-Exploration ArticlesClergy ResourcesTools & Assessmentstools-assessments
Small Group and Individuals Bible StudyClergy ResourcesTools & Assessmentstools-assessments
Steps to Retire ChecklistAdmin & Financial Services, Clergy SupportTools & Assessmentstools-assessments
the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church Release of Information (Supervisory File)Clergy ResourcesSystems & Structuressystems-structures
Therapeutic CounselingClergy ResourcesTools & Assessmentstools-assessments
UMPIP at a GlanceAdmin & Financial Services, Clergy SupportTools & Assessmentstools-assessments
UMPIP Educational SlidesAdmin & Financial Services, Clergy SupportTools and Formstools-and-forms
Upcoming Lay Servant Academy DatesClergy Resources
VIA Benefits Open Enrollment Information & Medicare UpdatesAdmin & Financial Services, Clergy SupportTools & Assessmentstools-assessments
Voluntary Life and AD&DAdmin & Financial Services, Clergy SupportTools and Formstools-and-forms
Wespath: HealthFlex – Plan Comparisons 2023Admin & Financial Services, Clergy SupportTools & Assessmentstools-assessments
Wespath: HealthFlex Health Savings Account (HSA) PlansAdmin & Financial Services, Clergy SupportTools & Assessmentstools-assessments
Wespath: HealthFlex New Enrollment or Change FormAdmin & Financial Services, Clergy SupportTools & Assessmentstools-assessments
Wespath: HealthFlex Well-Being Programs FAQ’sAdmin & Financial Services, Clergy SupportTools & Assessmentstools-assessments
Wespath: Virgin Pulse – Physical Activity ProgramAdmin & Financial Services, Clergy SupportTools & Assessmentstools-assessments
Wespath: Virgin Pulse Wellness CreditsAdmin & Financial Services, Clergy SupportTools & Assessmentstools-assessments
What Are Defined Contribution and Defined Benefit Pension Plans?Admin & Financial Services, Clergy SupportWebinars & Educational Videoswebinars-educational-videos
What Clergy Care Services Can Provide YouClergy Resources, Clergy SupportWebinars & Educational Videoswebinars-educational-videos
What’s in Your Toolkit?Clergy Resources, Clergy Support
Why Clergy Care Services Is A Great Resource For You and Your FamilyClergy Resources, Clergy SupportWebinars & Educational Videoswebinars-educational-videos

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