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Pastors: It’s time to submit 2018 Church Statistical Reports

Dec. 28, 2018 Pastors of local churches in the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church are responsible for seeing that the 2018 Church Statistical Report for each church is properly prepared and submitted online by Feb. 28, 2019. Church apportionments are determined from this information, so it is imperative that the numbers are correct …

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New church parking lot taxes: Guidance from GCFA, IRS

The “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” passed by Congress in 2017 added new tax provisions that apply to churches and other non-profit organizations that are otherwise exempt from income tax. One such provision: A tax on the amount a church or a church-related organization spends to provide parking to its employees. The United Methodist Church’s General …

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IRS mileage rates going up for 2019

The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2019 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. (IRS Notice 2019-2) These are also the rates at which employers can reimburse employees for business-related driving. Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, the standard mileage rates for …

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UMCSC health insurance rates to remain stable in 2019

But increases projected for 2020, 2021 May 17, 2018 With health insurance rates projected to increase over the next three years, the South Carolina Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits is taking steps to ease the impact on premiums paid by churches, pastors and conference employees covered by a Wespath health plan. Health insurance …

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Stewardship Summit teaches how to turn ‘tippers into tithers’

Churches today find themselves in a challenging competition for the charitable dollar – especially among their younger members – and must change their approach to stewardship. More than 120 pastors and other local church leaders gathered April 21 at Bethany United Methodist Church in Summerville for the 2018 Stewardship Summit of the South Carolina Conference …

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2018 Stewardship Summit set for April 21

The South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church’s 2018 Stewardship Summit will take place April 21, 2018, at Bethany United Methodist Church in Summerville. At the “Growing Generous Givers” event, Jim and Kim Griffith of Griffith Coaching will present ideas on topics such as stewardship, fundraisers, and giving through wills and estates. The program will run from 10 a.m. to …

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Bishop Holston appoints new conference benefits officer

Bishop L. Jonathan Holston has appointed the Rev. Christopher M. Lollis as the benefits officer for the South Carolina Annual Conference, effective July 1, 2018. The Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits recommended Rev. Lollis, and the Conference Staff Relations Committee approved. Rev. Lollis, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Darlington, will succeed the …

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UMC organizations, churches to be listed on GuideStar

Local United Methodist churches and United Methodist organizations covered under the United Methodist group ruling can now be listed on GuideStar through the UMgroupruling.org website. The Legal Services Department of the General Council on Finance and Administration announced the development, which came in response to the many calls it receives about having United Methodist churches recognized …

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Apportionment giving continues climb in S.C. Conference

Apportionment giving by South Carolina United Methodists climbed yet again in 2017, with the percentage of collections hitting 92.34 percent – a slight increase over 2016’s 92.04 percent rate. “Connectional giving is never about the money; it is about doing as a Connection what no one person, church, district or conference can do alone,” said Bishop …

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Rev. David Anderson, conference benefits officer, to retire in 2018

The Rev. David Anderson is retiring after more than a decade as the pension and health benefits officer for the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. His last day will be June 30, 2018. “I will miss working with all the clergy of the South Carolina Annual Conference,” Rev. Anderson said. “Over the …

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