December 30, 2016
Dear Colleagues in Ministry,
As United Methodists, one of our annual responsibilities required by the Book of Discipline is the preparation of The Local Church Report to the Annual Conference. This information is used for planning purposes as well as financial purposes, both at the denominational and the conference level.
As in previous years, we will be using the GCFA website to gather the required information. The site, located at http://ezra.gcfa.org, will open January 1 for you to enter your church’s data. Please note, the pastor of each church is ultimately responsible for the completion of this process. If you do not have access to the website, you may complete your church’s information by paper and submit it to the Finance office to be entered. Please contact the finance office for a report form with your church’s 2016 information to use for manual submission.
Please read the following information prior to preparing your forms:
All reports must be completed, either via the Internet or manually, by the deadline of January 31, 2017. If you are not able to meet this deadline, please contact the Finance office as soon as possible. By direction of the Conference Cabinet, failure to submit your report by the deadline could result in an additional increase to your church’s shares of ministry for the following year.
We would like to thank you in advance for your cooperation in helping us with this very important task in the life and ministry of The United Methodist Church. The statistical reports serve as a tool to help us assess our strengths and weaknesses as we plan for future ministry and also provide information to the General Church and our insurance carriers more easily and more quickly than might otherwise be possible. Thank you in advance for submitting your information as accurately and timely as possible. If you experience online problems, please let us know immediately so we can contact GCFA for assistance.
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