Local Church Resources

Local churches, similar to the conference, have many important administrative responsibilities in caring for the life, property, mission and witness of the congregation. Roles and responsibilities, overseen by the pastor,  are delegated among various church leaders, boards and committees, including the Trustees Board, the Finance Committee, the Staff-Parish Relations Committee, the Administrative or Church Council, etc. Each requires training and resources to work effectively and cooperatively with fellow laborers in the household of God.  Here we offer links to forms, job descriptions, instructions, reports and other resources for lay church leaders.

Funding for Ministry and Leadership Development Booklet

PA tax exemption extended until 12/31

Due to delays in processing of sales tax exemptions as a result of COVID-19, the PA state revenue department is extending the Eastern PA Conference’s tax-exempt status and that of its subsidiary churches until December 31, 2020. The extension is intended to assist conferences and subsidiary churches in continuing daily operations without interruption of exempt status.

EPA Sales Tax Exemption Letter

2020 Equitable Compensation Application

Equitable Compensation Application for 2020 fundsDue October 23, 2019 For Calendar Year 2020 Funding.

Here is the 2020 application for Equitable Compensation Funds. Each year at Annual Conference the Commission on Equitable Compensation recommends the base compensation standards for pastors in our EPA Conference, which is then approved by vote at each session of Annual Conference. Local churches that are not able to pay the full amount of the minimum compensation to their pastor may apply for and receive supplemental funds from the annual conference. These funds are provided through the Equitable Compensation Fund, which is funded by the Annual Conference budget.

Local Church Crisis Communications Plan

A Local Church Crisis Communications Plan produced by UM Communications. This document is a template that local churches can adapt to meet their own specific circumstances and needs. Review the template closely and determine where the plan may need to be modified.

The final version should be printed in an easy-to-read format, placed in a binder with divider sheets and distributed to church staff and everyone on the crisis team. Keep a copy handy in the office.  Use it frequently to practice your responses. Download the PDF.

Leadership Roles in the Local Church

See guidelines from the Book of Discipline regarding the Local Church Council, Pastor-Parish Relations Committee, Board of Trustees, and Finance Committee as well as additional information and resources for each of these roles. Continue

Local Church Finance Resources

A collection of documents and forms for the local church, including IRS forms, taxing requirements and guidelines, information for finance policies and church audits, and more. Continue


Church Property & Liability Information

Access information from the Conference’s Insurance Broker, EH & D, including an insurance policies overview, forms and information regarding worker’s compensation, volunteers, and day care risk management, and boiler inspection information. Continue

Church Employment

Changes to Federal Overtime Rules Effective December 1, 2016

On May 18, 2016 the Department of Labor (DOL) announced its changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) “white collar” overtime exemption rules. The final rule strengthens protection for workers by increasing the standard salary level for qualification for overtime exemption from $455 per week ($23,660 per year) to $913 per week ($47,476 per year). Learn more

Updates & Resources for Local Church Leaders