UMCMarket Gets Upgrade and Re-launches
Nashville, TN – The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) is announcing that the online shopping portal, UMCMarket
, is being re-launched July 13, 2015 using more advanced technology and faster delivery of donations. Working with Tribute, Inc. the re-launched UMCMarket will provide an enhanced user experience, quicker access to status reports, regular distribution of micro-donations and the addition of hundreds of savings offers for participants.
Doug Spear, Tribute President, said “We are very excited to support GCFA’s vision for church members to have the ability to make micro-donations that benefit United Methodist church ministries. Tribute’s product platform is ideally suited to enable and enhance UMCmarket.org, and we look forward to providing a program that benefits the ministry of local churches.”
Moses Kumar, top executive for GCFA said “When we launched UMCMarket in 2012, we were confident that the people of the Church who shop online would support and utilize it as an innovative way to raise funds for the ministries of local United Methodist churches. We have collaboratively worked with Tribute on this program that will help local churches make a difference in their communities with the funds that are raised.”
With the new program, each church or ministry will start with a new account. All donations generated prior to July 13, 2015 on the previous platform will be paid out before the end of 2015. GCFA will begin working immediately on issuing checks to the various ministries until each church or ministry is paid their total amount due from the previous provider.
The look of the new site for micro-donations has changed, but the foundational functionality and benefits remain the same – United Methodists who shop the thousands of retailers available can generate donations to support their local churches. Existing users will sign up to establish an account with the new provider and designate the ministry they choose to support. All users will be able to watch an overview video and review frequently asked questions prior to signing up. An online marketing toolkit is provided to help participating churches communicate the opportunity to their ministries, which includes how-to videos, PowerPoint slides and bulletin inserts.
For more information, contact the Shared Services Department at GCFA: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Lewis Center for Church Leadership
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Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor
GBHEM Leadership Resources
Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church
Englewood Book Review
Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations
Ted Talks: The Golden Circle
Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability
Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability
Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians
Be A Disciple
A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist
Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network
Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations
Living As United Methodist Christians
Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials
Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today
John Wesley Sermons: Anthology
Get Their Name
Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit
Canoeing the Mountains
Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church
Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples
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Community: The Structure of Belonging
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The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants
The Duke Endowment
The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:
- Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
- Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.
We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at email@example.com.