Rev. Dai Morgan, Coordinator for United Methodist Advocacy in Pennsylvania, is providing regular updates regarding legislation he is tracking for us in Harrisburg. To read his most recent update, CLICK HERE.

Rev. Morgan is available to visit individual churches or groups to preach and deliver a message about the connection of faith and politics. He coordinates state legislative advocacy for the three United Methodist annual conferences in Pennsylvania.

Contact Rev. Morgan at or call (412) 595-6011.  Visit the United Methodist Advocacy in Pennsylvania Facebook page at


Free Clergy Personal Finances Resources

posted Jun 14, 2017, 6:55 AM by York District UMC   [ updated Oct 27, 2017, 8:14 AM by Michael Koplitz ]


The Lewis Center for Church Leadership and Wesley Theological Seminary have gathered free resources to help pastors better understand and manage their personal finances. The resources are available at  


Managing personal finances is especially important for clergy who are expected to teach and model faithful stewardship within their congregations. Maintaining healthy personal finances is both a personal and a pastoral responsibility. The free resources offered can help clergy better meet these responsibilities. Topics include:

•         Why Clergy Personal Finances Matter

•         Personal Finances and Budgeting

•         Debt

•         Compensation and Taxes

•         Insurance

•         Investing

•         Estate Planning

Lovett H. Weems, Jr.

Professor of Church Leadership

Director, Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Wesley Theological Seminary


E-giving Outreach

posted May 17, 2017, 7:20 AM by York District UMC   [ updated Oct 27, 2017, 8:14 AM by Michael Koplitz ]


Dear Clergy & Pastor's,
Please share these exciting opportunity for your church to use a very powerful tool for ministry.


Thank you kindly. 

God Bless, 
Andra Haverstock, Conference Treasure/Controller

Clearances for Employees and Volunteers

posted Mar 16, 2016, 11:36 AM by   [ updated Jan 19, 2017, 7:35 AM by Vicky Salisbury ]

The official Susquehanna Conference policy for clearances for employees and volunteers is available HERE.

Necessary forms are listed below with their links:
Volunteer Affidavit - also availble below as a Word Document for your convenience

2017 IRS Mileage Rates

posted Jan 5, 2016, 7:12 AM by   [ updated Feb 1, 2017, 6:53 AM by Vicky Salisbury ]

2017 Standard Mileage Rates for Business, Medical and Moving Announced

IR-2016-169,Dec.13, 2016

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2017 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2017, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:

  • 53.5 cents per mile for business miles driven, down from 54 cents for 2016
  • 17 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, down from 19 cents for 2016
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations

The business mileage rate decreased half a cent per mile and the medical and moving expense rates each dropped 2 cents per mile from 2016. The charitable rate is set by statute and remains unchanged.

The standard mileage rate for business is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile. The rate for medical and moving purposes is based on the variable costs.

Taxpayers always have the option of calculating the actual costs of using their vehicle rather than using the standard mileage rates.

A taxpayer may not use the business standard mileage rate for a vehicle after using any depreciation method under the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) or after claiming a Section 179 deduction for that vehicle. In addition, the business standard mileage rate cannot be used for more than four vehicles used simultaneously.

These and other requirements are described in Rev. Proc. 2010-51Notice 2016-79, posted today on, contains the standard mileage rates, the amount a taxpayer must use in calculating reductions to basis for depreciation taken under the business standard mileage rate, and the maximum standard automobile cost that a taxpayer may use in computing the allowance under a fixed and variable rate plan.

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