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Charge Conference Paperwork Due

Please submit your church’s Charge Conference paperwork by end of business today.

There are 4 forms required for all churches:

  • 2017 Officer List
  • Pastoral Support Worksheet
  • Financial Exam
  • Accessibility Audit

These are the 4 forms the District Service Center is tracking for credit in the drawing for the free pass to Annual Conference. These forms are required of all churches.

There are other forms that are required of most churches, and should also be submitted after your church charge conference. Please see the charge conference documents page for details on those forms.

The majority of churches have charge conference before December 15th, however, if your church is having their charge conference after December 15th, the forms can be submitted “pending charge conference confirmation.”

Forms must be submitted in proper format to be counted.

For example: we cannot accept an Officer List of just names!

  • When the pipes freeze at the church and the pastor is on vacation the name of the Trustees Chair is not as helpful as the name, address, and phone number.
  • When we get information about a youth scholarship program it is more helpful to be able to send that information to the Youth Leader, the Office Admin, and the Pastor, than to just send it to the Pastor alone.
  • Same person the Treasurer Chair as last year? We need to know! The Office List data is set with an expiration date of one year. If we do not get the form, your leadership role expires and we don’t know who to contact if there is a problem with your apportionments.

Officer Lists are updated in the computer system. We need names, addresses, phone numbers, and (hopefully) emails for all Chairs. This is to help us reach out to the church with important information.

Want to double check that we have your forms?

Unsure of what additional forms apply to your church?

Can’t get a form to work on your computer?

Please contact the District Service Center, we are here to help!


Fort Flagler Youth Retreat 2016

Fort Flagler 2016

Out of Your Comfort Zone

Tired of hearing the same bible stories at retreats or at Sunday school? This retreat is all about stepping out of the churches comfort zone and learning about some of the other stories in the bible.

What is Fort Flagler and who is invited…

Fort Flagler is a retreat for youth in 9th – 12th grade and held at Fort Flagler in Nordland, Washington.

Friday, November 4, 2016 at 7:00 PM – Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 11:00 AM (PST) Weekend is $85


This retreat is planned and led by the Tacoma United Methodist Youth Leadership team. During this retreat you’ll experience God, Community, New Friends, Laughter, Music, and more. The Tacoma United Methodist Youth (TUMY) Team has been planning for months, and we are so excited about presenting this retreat for you.

Our Speaker…

Speaker: Rev. Meredith Brown

Logistics for Youth Leaders…

To help us follow Safe Church Policy: each church should provide at least one adult of the same gender for every six youth attending Fort Flagler. All adults must have a national background check on file that has been run within the last two years. If this will be a challenge for your church, please contact us. If you are the only youth from your church attending Fort Flagler, please call or email us.

Additional Information…

If you have additional questions about the Fort Flagler retreat or the TUMY team, or if you’d like a member of the team to come speak about Fort Flagler at your next youth group, feel free to contact us:

Contact Info:

Katie Aosved – registrar

Phone number: 2536783965

Email address: tacomadistrictyouthteam@gmail.com

registration closes october 28, 2016 or when tickets sell out

register today!

Lay Transition Workshop – Seattle and Tacoma

In order to support you and your congregation as you experience a pastoral transition this year, the Seattle and Tacoma districts are offering a Laity Transition Workshop on Saturday, June 4th from 9am-12pm at Kent United Methodist Church.

In the workshop, you can expect to:

  • Explore the normal feelings and reactions during the time of a pastoral change;
  • Become familiar with a transition model that helps you be aware of the natural stages of transition;
  • Learn how to have a good “ending”, including techniques for an exit interview, and ways of saying a good “goodbye”;
  • Gain suggestions of ways for church leaders to share and listen effectively with grieving or anxious parishioners.
  • Become aware of what life will be like in an interim period between the “ending” and the “new beginning”;
  • Learn ways of saying a good “hello” including specific resources to get acquainted;
  • Consider ways to manage the reality of shifting leadership styles of departing and arriving pastors for your congregation.

The workshop will be led by Rev. Melinda Holloway, an ordained elder, Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Supervisor, and educator in the areas of pastoral care, grief/loss, and clergy and congregational transitions.

Our experience has been that it is good to involve as many members of the S/PPR Committee as possible in the workshop.  We also suggest that you strongly urge other key elected leadership to attend, as well as lay program staff your church may have.  Any other lay participants are also encouraged to attend.  Any number of persons can be accommodated in the workshop.  Please register by Monday, May 30th as a packet of handouts will be provided for each participant.


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