Dear Pastor, Finance Committee Chair and Treasurer,
The 2018 Statistical Tables are open! Have you logged on? Remember the last date for entries is January 31, 2018.
Statistical Tables have been revised!
I think you will find in some cases it is much clearer with user friendly explanations. However you cannot simply take the previous year and match. You need to log on and see the previous (2016) alongside the new year (2017) with the revised questions.
Your District Statistician and I are available by email or phone to answer any questions you might have. If you are having difficulty or this is your “first time” entering, I will be available for individual assistance on Tuesday, January 16th and Thursday, January 18th at the Conference Center. Email me to set up an appointment. Bring your laptop and your data and I will work with you to get this process started.
The Book of Discipline requires pastors to give an account of their pastoral ministries to the Charge and Annual Conference. There may be individuals and/or church committees who collect and provide the data for these tables, however it is the pastor who is ultimately responsible for the completeness and accuracy of the data submitted – the pastor is accountable!
Again, below is the login information. I would hope that you do not wait until the last minute to complete this information. Please note this much earlier completion date (January 31) has been requested by Bishop Bickerton.
The tables are located at http://ezra.gcfa.org . The system has been set up for two users from each church. We have designated them as "Pastor" and "Office". Your login user name is 341 plus your NYAC church number plus the letter "p" for pastor login or the letter "o" for office login, So for example, if your NYAC church number is "12345", your login would be "34112345p" and "34112345o". You can find your NYAC church number on any church statement, HealthFlex/Pension bill or in the NYAC Journal (www.nyac.com/2016journal). Your temporary password is NYAC341 (case sensitive) for both the pastor and office login. When you first logon using this temporary password you will be prompted to change your password.
Each district has a District Statistician available to assist you with any questions. They have received training on the new forms. Their contact information is below and available on both the NYAC and the EZRA websites (see links above). If you have trouble reaching your statistician you may contact Margaret Howe at firstname.lastname@example.org or Judy Walters at email@example.com.
This information is critical to the future of our churches, thank you for your efforts.
Blessings and Thanks,