Resources for completing clergy W-2 forms can be found on the finance pages of the Wisconsin Conference Website: Handling Church Finances

There, you’ll find: 

  • Instructions for Preparing W-2 for clergy
  • Example of a Form W-2 for clergy
  • And other resources that may be helpful to the local church treasurer

Save the date! The 2020 Wisconsin Annual Conference will be held June 5 – 8, 2020. Registration is scheduled to open the first week of February 2020. Learn more about what to expect this year, including information about policy changes, registration invitations, and the Celebration Banquet Dinner. 

Summer Camp 2020 Registration is officially open! Pine Lake and Lake Lucerne Camps offer places and experiences that help youth, families and adults grow as individuals and in faith. Visit wiumcamps.org/summer-camps to see all they have to offer.

The Breakthrough Prayer event initially scheduled for Saturday, January 11, 2020 has been rescheduled to Saturday, February 8, 2020 due to this weekend’s winter storm. Registration has been extended to Wednesday, February 5, 2020 for those who have not registered. Register here. If you are bringing more than six people or have any registration questions, please contact Kristy via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 608-837-7328.

All churches are encouraged to check out the Rainbow Covenant brochure to see if they have qualified for recognition as a Rainbow Covenant church in 2019.  The brochure includes instructions for reporting and lists the various areas of mission and possible ministries and agencies you may have already contributed to in 2019. It could also help Mission Committees as they plan for 2020 activities!

A Finance Newsletter will be coming out next week with information about EZRA Statistical Reporting and new apportionment software.  For now – the basics:  Apportionments will be accepted through Friday, January 17, 2020 toward your 2019 Apportionments.  After that date, they will be considered 2020.  You can make your payments on-line through EZRA or by mail.  If you have any questions, please call the Treasurer’s Office at 608-837-7320. We will provide information for starting your EZRA Statistical Reporting next week.

The latest issue of Flashbacks, the Commission on Archives and History newsletter, is available now.  Learn more about the Archives Retreat, the Conference Museum, local church histories, and more. Read the latest issue here. All Flashbacks newsletters, going back to 1973, can be found here.

The Office of Congregational Development and the New Ministries Strategy Board continually work to support the development of new ministries within the Wisconsin Conference. Learn more about two of their recent training events to support church planters, Pioneering Missional Communities and the Coaching Program for New Ministries.

All are invited to attend the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Service on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at Brown Deer UMC. The service will begin at 4:00 pm. Rev. Dr. Nicholas Grier, Assistant Professor of Practical Theology, Spiritual Care, & Counseling at Claremont School of Theology, will be the keynote speaker. Nicholas Grier’s writing, speaking, and counseling focus on the experiences of Black and Brown people and engage a womanist critique of culture. View full biography here

All are invited to attend the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Service on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at Brown Deer UMC. The service will begin at 4:00 pm. Rev. Dr. Nicholas Grier, Assistant Professor of Practical Theology, Spiritual Care, & Counseling at Claremont School of Theology, will be the keynote speaker. Nicholas Grier’s writing, speaking, and counseling focus on the experiences of Black and Brown people and engage a womanist critique of culture. View full biography here

On November 18, 2019 the Bishop’s Task Force gathered for their monthly gathering. The purpose of offering the Wisconsin Conference regular updates is to stay transparent. During this meeting there was continued discussion and review of how other Annual Conferences are gathering with a similar type task force on human sexuality.

Every church recognizes prayer as important. But what happens when a congregation unites to pray collectively and consistently for God to break through in new and miraculous ways?  You can launch your congregation into the kind of churchwide breakthrough prayer initiative that fuels the atmosphere of possibility, and the entire focus begins to shift from inward to up-and-outward. The next Breakthrough Prayer Initiative Training Event will be on January 11 at Sugar River UMC in Verona.

Learn how to incorporate breakthrough prayer into the daily life of your congregation at this training event on January 11 at Sugar River UMC. In order for the implementation of the training to be effective, each church must bring a team consisting of the pastor and at least five members. Register here by January 3 at 4pm. 

Collin Grooms, Site Director of Lake Lucerne United Methodist Church Camp, has accepted the position of Executive Director at Bear Creek Camp (ELCA) in Wilkes-Barre, PA starting January 1.  His last day at Lake Lucerne will be December 20. Collin served in the Wisconsin camping ministries as Program Director beginning in March, 2015 and then moved to being Site Director of Lake Lucerne in December, 2016. 

The Wisconsin Delegation to General and Jurisdictional Conferences is pleased to announce its endorsement of the Rev. Dan Schwerin as a candidate for the office of Bishop in the North Central Jurisdiction (NCJ). The vote took place at the delegation meeting on November 17, 2019, at First UMC in Tomah. Dan was the first clergy elected to the 2020 General Conference delegation during our last annual conference session, and he has served on previous delegations to the jurisdictional conference.