Cascadia District Fall Charge Conferences
In the Cascadia District in 2022 the fall charge conferences** will be presided over by Cascadia District Superintendent Wendy Woodworth. The district office is working with local congregations to schedule these meetings.
Some meetings will be in person and some by Zoom videoconference. We've had a lot of experience meeting by Zoom over the past two years! But click here for some considerations for making a charge conference by Zoom work.
Here are links to what you need to know:
The reports will be completed and submitted online:
This is the sixth year we have used this process. This year, as last year, each church will access the link to their online reports through the Church Dashboard, a private page on the Conference website. You'll see a "church dashboard login" link on the bottom right of this and every page on the website. The log-in information is the same as last year. If you need to reset your login or password, please contact Linda in the district office, email@example.com.
The forms which we are requesting you complete online are:
- Report of the Trustees
- Safe Sanctuary Policy Review
- Church Leadership Contact Information
- *NEW Financial Information 2023 - this is a new form which seeks to instigate a review of recordkeeping practices. It should be completed by the Treasurer.
- Membership Report, 1st and 2nd year reading (only applies if you have names to consider for removal from your membership roll.)
- Lay Servant Report (only for churches who have members who are Lay Servants or Lay Speakers)
One way to make the FormVites process easier is to collect your information ahead of time. You can print an empty form from the FormVites page accessed through the Church Dashboard. Or you can request a copy of the form from the District Office.
Unless you don't have online access, please complete these forms online through the Church Dashboard. If you need to make other arrangements, contact the District Office.
2023 Compensation Forms
This is the fourth year in which we are using an online process to gather the information needed for the pastor's compensation forms.
After the information is gathered through the online process, we will review the data in the district office and a report will be ready for presentation to the charge conference.
Information on the process of setting, inputting, and approving the compensation can be found at www.umoi.org/clergycompensationforms. Access to the online compensation input form is through the People Portal this year. An email has been sent to pastors, SPRC chairs, and local church Treasurers with information.
If you have any questions, please contact Linda in the Cascadia District office,
at 503-581-3969 or firstname.lastname@example.org
**An annual meeting of the charge conference of each local church is required by the Discipline of The United Methodist Church. The primary responsibilities given to the body at this annual meeting are to review and evaluate the total mission and ministry of the church, receive reports, and adopt objectives and goals recommended by the church council (administrative board) that are in keeping with the the objectives of The United Methodist Church (2016 Book of Discipline, paragraph 247.3). Other specific annual responsibilities of the charge conference are to recommend new and renewing candidates for ordained ministry from among their membership, to recommend lay servants and certified lay ministers, to receive reports on Volunteer-in-mission teams, set the compensation for clergy appointed by the bishop, receive and act upon the annual membership report, and elect local church leadership (unless that is done at another charge conference at another time of year) (2016 Book of Discipline, paragraph 247.8 -13, 15 and paragraph 249).