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Churches insured by UMI learn of new carriers, higher rates

In mid-December, UMI-insured churches with policies near expiration learned that they had 2 weeks to renew. According to reports from churches, the renewal rates ranged from double the 2018 premium, up to 4 times the 2018 premium. UMI (United Methodist Insurance) is a voluntary program affiliated with United Methodist agency Read More »

New Tax on Parking Provided for Church Employees

On 12/14/2018, Wespath and GCFA legal staff provided their interpretations of the new (2018) IRS guidance concerning potentially taxable parking lot expenses (Wespath) see also White Paper(GCFA) and taxable fringe benefits for church staff. This will not affect most churches that do not reserve parking spaces for employees and do not reserve paid parking Read More »

2019 Poet’s Corner at Scarritt Bennett Center

In 2010 Poet’s Corner was started at Scarritt-Bennett Center. Since its beginning 60+ poets have participated in the monthly readings, some coming from as far away as California, Pennsylvania, and Georgia. Various themes have surfaced: religious and faith-based; emotions including love, hate, hurt, frustration, etc; personal reflections and observations of Read More »

2019 ENCORE Ministry Award Nomination Application

Each year at the Tennessee Annual Conference, Encore Ministry recognizes individuals and congregations that are engaged in exemplary ministry by, with, and for older adults.  You are invited to nominate a United Methodist church and/or a church leader in the Tennessee Conference for the 2019 Encore Ministry Award. The deadline Read More »

Choirs Needed for 2020 General Conference

Nashville, Tenn.: United Methodist choirs and worship ensemble groups from around the world may now audition online for an invitation to perform at the 2020 General Conference, The United Methodist Church’s top legislative assembly, which meets in Minneapolis, Minn. from May 5 -15, 2020. To apply for an invitation to General Read More »

Council of Bishops | Actions Taken at November meeting

November 7, 2018 SIMON’S ISLAND, GA. – The Council of Bishops ended its November 2018 meeting by taking the following actions among other decisions: Released a Narrative of Our Leadership, describing the work that bishops have done since 2016 and leading up to the 2019 Special Session of General Conference. Read More »