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Oklahoma Conference updates safe sanctuary training

By Rev. Derrek Belase, Director of Connectional Ministry In 1994, the Oklahoma Annual Conference made a significant decision when the first conference Safe Sanctuary policy was approved. It was ...

Updates to student loan repayments may affect conference clergy and staff

News Release Recent changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) may impact clergy members and other employees of not-for-profit organizations engaged in faith-based works Wespath will host a...

Conference leaders pass BSA plan with unanimous vote

Leaders of the Oklahoma Conference met on Jan. 13 to discuss and vote on a response to the Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy plan for reorganization. The plan includes a $30 million contribution from ...

Conference offers guidelines for church donations to UMCOR

By Wayne Wilczek OKUMC Director of Accounting Prompted by late season tornadoes in December 2021, the Oklahoma Conference released suggested guidelines for church donations to the United Methodist ...

OKUMC to transition to new safe sanctuary program in Jan. 2022

The Oklahoma Conference will transition to a new safe sanctuary program in Janurary 2022. MinistrySafe is a safety system to help prevent the sexual abuse of children and youth in the church. The ...

2020 audit shows conference in stable financial position

The financial audit for 2020 has been completed within the first 150 days of 2021, ensuring the Oklahoma Conference is in compliance with the Book of Discipline. The finalized audit report as well as ...

Oklahoma Conference announces staff changes

By Tabitha Beckman The Project Transformation board has offered the director's position to Roxie Hacker. Roxie comes to PT after having served with the program during college. She has most recently ...

Author addresses questions about online attendance practices

In a recent blog, Christian author and speaker Carey Nieuwhof has addressed five awkward questions about how churches track online worship attendance. Nieuwhof encourages churches to consider five ...

Benefits Symposiums to address new changes in health benefits

The Oklahoma Conference is hosting six Benefits Symposiums across the state to help clergy, laity and spouses unpack the benefit plans that go into effect in 2020. The symposiums will be held between ...

Finance for Pastors event on Sept. 9

Oklahoma Conference pastors are invited to attend Finance for Pastors on Sept. 9 at the Oklahoma Conference Ministry Center in Oklahoma City. The event will be held in the Woodworth Room from 9 a.m. ...

Mary Myers receives local employment award

Mary Myers, the Information Technology Director for the Oklahoma Conference, was recognized for her work with an Express Employment Professionals Most Valuable Performer Award. Myers was nominated by ...

Native Methodist Study Guide Now Available

The first edition of “Who Is My Neighbor?: Native American Methodism in Oklahoma – a Study Guide” is now available from the OKUMC Commission on Archives and History. Free to download at ...

BPHB shares health care recommendations for 2019 Annual Conference

The Board of Pension and Health Benefits has outlined its recommendations to the Oklahoma Annual Conference in a video statement on the Conference website. In addition to the video, the BPHB has also ...

Wespath Orders Presentation

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OKUMC announces emergency health insurance contribution increase for local churches

The Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church has announced an emergency increase of local church contributions for health insurance coverage. Without immediate increases, the conference’s ...

Conference offers internship program

The Conference invites college students to apply by Aug. 1 for its new Collegiate Internship Program, set to launch as the fall academic semester begins. The young adults will work alongside staff of ...

Apportionment Update

BY HOLLY MCCRAY Churches sent $12.8 million in Apportionments supporting ministries in and beyond the Oklahoma Conference in 2017. They funded 88.46 percent of the total budget of $14.5 million. Soon ...

GCSROW examines clergy pay

A recent article on the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women website reports pay disparities are widening between United Methodist clergy when comparing genders. The commission has ...

Historian brings passion for films to church

BY CHRIS SCHUTZ Behind the scenes of videos about the history of The United Methodist Church in Oklahoma lie the skills of a passionate Oklahoma City film historian. Elizabeth B. Anthony, a member of ...

Top-level commission salutes historian Jerry Gill

BY CHRIS SCHUTZ STILLWATER — A longtime historian who has given years of outstanding service on the Oklahoma Conference Commission on Archives & History now holds the Distinguished Service Award from ...

Norma Gravley-Quinn named new Conference treasurer

BY HOLLY MCCRAY Bishop Jimmy Nunn has named Norma Gravley-Quinn of Lawton as new Conference treasurer, effective Dec. 1. She brings to the post decades of experience in finance as well as career ...

Apportionment percentage holds steady

The percentage of Apportionment money provided in 2015 by Oklahoma’s churches very nearly matched that of 2014. For 2015, Apportionment support was 92.59 percent for the shared ministries within and...

End-of-year reporting

 Dec. 15 — Deadline to enter/update your church’s 2016 list of officers in the online Conference database (Brick River). Give special attention to accuracy in email addresses and phone numbers. ...

Nonprofits to get fundraising training

Training on Jan. 29 will bring together specific leaders of United Methodist-related nonprofits in the state to learn from certified fundraising consultant Clif Christopher. The Gathering will be at...

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