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Church members asked for input on paperwork

By United Methodist News Service*
June 27, 2008

Over the next three weeks, United Methodists are invited to share their thoughts on the official paperwork of the church.

The Committee on Official Forms and Records, under the denomination’s General Council on Finance and Administration, is for the first time asking for input through an electronic public comment system. The committee is responsible for overseeing the design and content of all official documentation for the worldwide 11.5 million-member denomination.

“The Committee on Official Forms and Records is offering members of The United Methodist Church an opportunity to weigh in on the look and content of these forms,” said Lisa King, the committee’s chairperson. “Comments and observations will aid the committee in developing more user-friendly forms and bring the collection of data into the 21st century.”

The forms include statistical tables, charge conference forms, local church certificate and membership records, ordination and licensing certificates, among others.

GCFA, which coordinates finances and safeguards the legal interests and rights of The United Methodist Church, will e-mail an invitation to the church’s episcopal and annual (regional) conference leaders to join in the forum.

The survey closes on July 18. To participate, visit www.gcfa.org/ofrsurvey.

*This report was based on a news release from the General Council on Finance and Administration.

News media contact: Marta Aldrich, Nashville, Tenn., (615) 742-5470 or newsdesk@umcom.org.

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