Central West Frequently Asked Questions


I'd like to be a District Lay Member at Large. How do I do that?

District Lay Members at Large will be chosen by applications submitted until December 15, 2020. Lay Members at Large attend Annual Conference to represent the district, rather than a church. If you'd like to be considered, your pastor should contact the district office for options.


I've been a lay member to annual conference for my old district for 20 years, why do I have to apply?

The number of allotted district lay members does not allow for all previous delegates to return.

Therefore, Central West will be choosing lay members based on applications - allowing for a delegation who best represents the district equitably.


I was elected as a lay member to Jurisdictional and/or General Conference in 2021. Do I have to apply?

Those elected for positions at larger conferences should represent their churches as a lay member if at all possible. District positions are ONLY guaranteed to the district United Methodist Men president, the district United Methodist Women president and the district Lay Leader. Central West Clergy were encouraged to consider this as they nominated their 2021 church lay leadership.


Is there a no-contact alternative to physical signatures on documents?

How to safely obtain approval signatures:

OPTION #1: After the form has been completed, scan it and email it to the person needing to sign.
                    They sign their copy and scan it, then email to CentralWest@ngumc.net.​

OPTION #2:  After the form has been completed, scan it and email it to the person needing to sign.
                     They forward the requesting email with the document attached with a message saying "I approve the                         information on this form as it is in the file attached".

OPTION #3: Send a physical COPY of the document by US Mail (or other no-contact drop off) to the person                                   needing to sign.
                     They sign this copy, then mail it to:
                     Central West District UMC
                     PO Box 2058
                     Hiram, GA 30141


Why does every committee member need a monitored email address and phone number?

When an informational email is sent by the district or conference a list is generated based on the contact information entered into Data Services in the lay leadership report. Email is primary means of communication on both the district and conference level. If a mailing list is created of all the Finance Chairs in the district and your church's chair doesn't have an email address, they will not receive the information and the district/conference does not manually check to see if each person received the email. 


Why did I not hear about (a meeting, event, deadline) until now?

NGUMC is in the process of wrangling the data needed to be sure no one is left out. This process will take some time. If you run across a problem, email the office and we will help work it out. Don't forget to check your spam folder. Our email address is new and will be changing again in the next month. 

I want to receive the newsletter, how do I sign up?

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Why am I getting unsolicited emails about UMC issues?
Did the church sell my email address?

If you are a delegate to Annual Conference, your contact information is printed in the annual Conference Journal by Standing Rule. The info is publicly available in the journal published each spring. From time to time, companies may send sales inquiries, solicit donations or groups may lobby for their causes. If you do not wish to receive these emails, block the sender as you would any other spammer. NGUMC does not sell this information and does not provide it in any other way than the Conference Journal. 


How was the 2021 district budget created?

While there was no former year's revenues or budget to work from, a good faith budget was proposed using the Atlanta Marietta 2019 budget as a guide. Physical office expenses were removed (office is now virtual) then expenses were scaled according to Central West's churches (80+) vs. Atlanta Marietta's (40+). These stewardship decisions mean that more funds will stay at local churches and more district funds will be available for mission and ministry. 

So, we're the Central West District now, but my church is listed in "East" for meetings. Where do I go?


The district is often divided in half - East & West - for major meetings.

This saves time, gas mileage and resources.
WEST: Haralson, Carroll and West Paulding (Pleasant Grove Temple & Smyrna Dallas only) 
EAST: Cobb, Douglas & East Paulding.


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