The time is rapidly approaching by which all local churches and fellowships should submit their annual statistical return - membership, participation and financial information about the church.
This is an important process, the results of which are used by the Bishop and the Cabinet in the appointment making process. It also provides a record of the life of our churches - we have records going back many decades!
Information regarding the return and submission dates were sent out to all churches by email on December 2 and December 27. As of the date of this writing, however, only about half of our churches have completed the first step - signing in to their account on Ezra, our online reporting system.
If you have not yet signed in, please do so immediately so that we know that you have the information to complete the return. For churches that have not signed in, we will be sending information by postal mail in the week of January 27 - we'd like to avoid this cost if at all possible.
The deadline for completion of the return is 11:59 pm PST on Saturday February 15, 2020 although we would suggest not leaving this until the last moment in case information is missing or the online system has any issues.
Full details of the requirements, how to enter the data, frequently asked questions and the access information that you will need can be found on the conference web site: https://www.cnumc.org/statistics
If you have questions that aren't answered elsewhere, please email me as soon as possible. You can also check out the dates for the AMA (Ask Me Anything!) sessions that we are holding over the next few weeks.
I look forward to receiving all of your returns!
(530) 217-3550 (availability: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pacific Time)