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Five Quick Tips for Clergy Taxes

Tax Day is quickly approaching. Whether you’re preparing your own taxes using software like TurboTax or are working with a tax preparer, most clergy know that the special rules and exemptions for pastors aren’t always clear. Keep these personal income tax tips in mind when you’re preparing to file your 2020 return.

How Does a Church Become a Supportive Community

To help others through the re-opening of in-person congregational life, it is important to have a basic understanding of what is potentially going to happen when we start gathering face-to-face. Rev. David Howlett and Elain Howlett, creators of The Mourning Center at Christ UMC in Independence, Missouri, offer thought about how to minister with those who are grieving in the attached document.

Episode 21: Tempered Resilience and How Leaders are Formed in the Crucible of Change with Tod Bolsinger

You may not question whether you can lead change, but you’ve probably asked yourself if you can survive it. With so many decisions (and criticisms) coming at our church leaders, how do they prioritize what to do first while simultaneously dealing with the soul-sucking internal resistance they often face when trying to make changes? Tod Bolsinger, author of Canoeing the Mountains and his most recent book, Tempered Resilience shares how you can move from surviving in the crucible of change to ...

Name the Elephant: Coping With the Biggest Risk to our Mission

In a time of uncertainty, we can maximize our mission’s impact when we lean in and embrace risk. Nationally known speaker, Melanie Lockwood Herman, Esq., teaches how to identify, reflect on and take action on some of the biggest risks to your mission – from the fracture of the denomination to the aging and shrinking of church membership.

Right Start 2021

Day 1: Right Start   Welcome, Mark Statler  Leaving Well, Rev. Dr. Roger Ross (Outline, Slides, Books, Boundaries Example,  Questions) Greeting, Bishop Farr Break  The First 90 Days: New Beginnings, Rev. Dr. Candace Lewis (Slides, Handout) Emotional Health in Transition, Amy Thompson (Covenant Handout, Dimensions of Transitions Handout)   Day 2: Right Start   Introduction to Group Coaching, Rev. Mark Statler (Slides) Group Coaching    Day 3: Right Start   Group Coaching    Resources Required ...

Wellness Resources

Wellness might feel like the latest buzzword, but now more than ever, it’s important for each of us to be intentional in how we’re maintaining our well-being. Wespath defines wellness as encompassing five dimensions: mental-emotional, financial, spiritual, social and physical health.

Wespath PPP Loan Resource

In late January 2021, Wespath released this updated document with FAQs related to Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA) under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

Flood Preparedness Checklist

Is your flood kit ready? Download our free checklist to start planning your flood kit! Download the Free Checklist Here  

MUMF PPP Loan Webinar

The Missouri United Methodist Foundation hosted a couple of brief informational webinars summarizing the the new round of funding for the Paycheck Protection Program — a special forgivable loan program for small businesses and non-profits, including churches.

Sermons for Sabbath Sundays: Amy Thompson

Missouri Conference Lay Leader Amy Thompson preaches on Luke 2:41-48 (NIV) and Philippians 4:6-9 (MSG) and God's hope for the worries and anxieties of daily life. (28:45 min. run time)

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