Cascadia District Fall Charge Conferences
The 2017 Fall Charge Conferences** will be presided over by District Superintendent Tim Overton-Harris between September 24th and November 27th.
Here are links to what you need to know:
- A full schedule of the charge conferences is available here.
- The introductory letter by the DS and an agenda for the charge conference
- a Summary of the Reports due and who is responsible for what
2018 Compensation Worksheets are available at www.umoi.org/clergycompensationforms
Other forms will be available through a new process called FormVites. An e-mail was sent to each church with this information on August 23rd. You can view a video tutorial on the FormVites process here. If you did not receive that e-mail or need the link to your church's online form entry page, contact Linda in the district office.
One way to make the FormVites process easier is to collect your information ahead of time. Using one of the "traditional" forms to collect your information is an easy way to do that. These forms can also be used to share the reports with your congregation at the charge conference meeting. Or you can print the reports from the FormVites page. Here are .pdf copies of all the forms:
- Report of the Trustees
- Safe Sanctuary Policy Review
- Church Leadership Contact Information
- Membership Report, 1st and 2nd year reading
- Lay Servant Report
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).