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The Local Church Resource Guide offers new opportunities for ministry! This guide, published by the General Council of Finance and Administration, is designed to help local churches easily find vetted ministry partners who offer solutions to your church.

• Savings on products for your church projects and missions

• Non-traditional revenue streams to fund your local ministries

• Upgrade your current practices with cost-saving software and apps

God has given you the mission you need to do. We can help you with that “doing!”

Home Depot has created the Home Depot Pro Xtra Loyalty Program to benefit local United Methodist Churches and Global UM Ministries.

Account registration is FREE and EASY!

Email the Home Depot Pro Account Rep, Michael Daniel at Michael_R_Daniel@HomeDepot.com.

A Mobile App to Engage Your Members

Walk in the Footsteps of Jesus

For over 40 years, Educational Opportunities Tours has led over 400,000 Christians to the land of the Bible. Individual lives, churches and ministries have been changed through the unique experience of walking in the land of Jesus and the Bible. Pilgrims explore Biblical sites - the Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jericho, Nazareth, Capernaum and more - and also experience contemporary life in this important center of faith.

The Bible comes to life

Faith is increased

Lives are transformed

Relationships are deepened

Commitment to ministry is energized

EO Tours makes it easy for you and your group to take this trip of a lifetime. We provide a variety of itineraries to choose from with pre and post-tour options in Jordan and Egypt to enhance your experience. EO can also customize a program to go to the sites you want to see and to fit your schedule. We handle all the details for you, provide all-inclusive programs, have our own hospitality teams in-country, and have lectures and study guides for travelers to use before, during or after their pilgrimage.

Do you have 2 minutes to learn how you can manage and grow your ministry more effectively?

Your pastoral staff, ministry leaders, administrators, IT staff, and teachers can all spend less time managing ministry, and more time serving people when they’re equipped with the right tool. Church software is that one tool that can help your entire ministry team work better together.

Oftentimes, as ministries consider church software, they aren’t sure what features to look for, or what they can expect from it.

Watch the video to learn what features to look for as you evaluate church software. Plus you’ll see how Servant Keeper church software is a single database that will help you manage everything from attendance to pledging.

Achieve More In Ministry With An Alternative Income!

Steeplecom will do the work and your church will reap the reward! Partner with Steeplecom; allowing them to negotiate with Wireless Carriers to utilize your church steeple while generating income for your congregation. Steeplecom answers all the questions for you, guides your church through the process, and manages the entire process with our team of subject matter experts. After all is said and done, your congregation reaps the reward with an alternative income that can be sewn back into ministry. Allow Steeplecom to be the expert.

“I love the 20-minute webinars. It is so much easier to schedule those because of their brevity and because they are at a manageable time of day. Your presenters are also very good at staying with the topic... Thanks, and keep up the good work!” -Pat M, Grace United Methodist Church

FAMILY-OWNED LONGEVITY & STABILITY

Family-owned since its beginnings in the late 1980s, Computer Helper Publishing has only had one product: Church Management Software.

Continually advanced and improved since its humble DOS-based beginnings, the Church Windows Development Team never stops incorporating customer requests and feature advancements. We say it and we mean it, “We are here for you!”

LEARNING & HELP THE WAY YOU WANT

Different people learn information and absorb help in different ways. We also understand that churches are consistently challenged with tight or limited budgets. Our solution: Church Windows offers multiple free help options.

Most people can find the right guidance and easily progress with their tasks using the in-depth, built-in Help files. The Help files are visually and bullet-point oriented available both in the software and online.

The online Support Center is packed with searchable documents and videos to help walk you through issues anytime, day or night!

FREQUENT, FREE ONLINE WEBINARS

For those who prefer presentation style, there’s learning right from the comfort of your own desk! Church Windows users also rave about our 20-minute “coffee break” Free Online Webinars on a variety of relevant topics. With a dozen or more presented monthly on a variety of topics, there’s bound to be a helpful topic presented soon.

EXPERIENCED LIVE HELP

Some learn better or prefer one-on-one assistance. Whether you prefer one-on-one advice or need a quick answer, Church Windows users on the Updates & Support program have unlimited phone and email access to our highly-experienced Tech Support Staff. How experienced? The Support Team members have an average of 14 years’ experience with Church Windows Software!

As a United Methodist Church, you’ll receive discounts on Church Windows Software! More information is available at www.churchwindows.com/gcfa. At the website, find a free, downloadable Trial version and, if you wish, the option to request a one-one-one personal walkthrough of the parts of Church Windows that interest you. It’s just another example of the personal touch that has kept Church Windows a leader in the church management software industry for these past three-plus decades.

Financial Solutions Within The United Methodist Connection

FINANCIAL SOLUTIONS WITHIN THE UNITED METHODIST CONNECTION

The United Methodist Credit Union Association is comprised of United Methodist credit unions throughout the United States working together in collaboration to provide our United Methodist community an alternative to traditional banking.

Do You Have a Disaster Recovery Plan?

Floods, fire, hurricanes, earthquakes, vandalism and theft all place paper files, and even locally stored electronic files, in jeopardy each day. As this busy and destructive hurricane season comes to an end, many organizations are reviewing their existing plans or implementing new disaster recovery plans. Click here to read more.

Harness the Power of Group Purchasing for Your Ministry!

Easier Office Supply Management

We have everything you need to help keep things running.

Get a detailed look at the capabilities of Staples Business Advantage® in this video. Ready to get started? Find everything you need to know about your account in one place. From setting up your account to placing orders, plus essential shortcuts, support and more.

Visit StaplesAdvantage.com/GetStarted - Ask to join the United Methodist Church Program or visit UMCGPO.org to register!

Staples Business Advantage offers an array of helpful tools and services designed to help you save time and money. From coffee and snacks, to convenient cleaning supplies to ink, paper and toner, to copy and print services, Staples Business Advantage is much more than just office supplies. You can easily place orders online at StaplesAdvantage.com or on the go using the Staples Business Advantage mobile app!

Shop 2 Donate is a shopping portal that enables you to support your United Methodist ministry by shopping at retailers you already know and love, all while getting access to exclusive instant savings offers and coupons. It’s simple - retailers pay a commission for sending you their way, and we share the commission with your ministry. Simply sign up with your email, select your ministry location, and then shop, save, and support! Giving couldn’t be easier.

Comprehensive. Complete. Meets or exceeds minimum guidelines.

Because we, like you, wish to protect your ministries. For your property insurance needs, request a quote at 866-203-0777 or unitedmethodistinsurance@amventure.com. We can help you protect your church with new and enhanced coverage that meets the minimum insurance guidelines provided by GCFA.

GCFA can also help your church make the most of your ministry’s administrative dollars. We offer low-cost services in

• Human Resources – assessments, audits, recruitment, timekeeping software, compensation studies

• IT – assessments, consulting, audio/visual assessments and purchasing, internet based phones, managed help desk, back up and recovery, Great Plains accounting software, data security and firewalls, email

• Travel and Meeting Planning – online event registration, visa management program for missions trips, pre- and post- event assessments, onsite services, meeting app

• Finance – corporate credit card program, payroll solutions

• Communications and Marketing – assessments, rebranding, campaign materials creation, graphic design

Contact us and let us know how we can assist you.

Email: ConnectionalRelations@gcfa.org

Phone: 615-369-2395

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