Churches cannot update after the deadline. Any input, updates, changes, corrections, etc., after the Jan. 31 deadline need to be made through the district office.
The Book of Discipline states that one of the administrative responsibilities of the pastor is "to give an account of their pastoral ministries to the charge and annual conference according to prescribed forms." Once the statistics are reported to the conference, they are compiled and checked for accuracy. The bishop and the cabinet use the statistical reports to assist in the clergy appointment process. The results assist local churches in identifying ministry areas that are extraordinarily successful and in determining the success of ministry and discipleship plans. The information also is used by annual conferences to calculate local church apportioned funds and by the general church to apportion local conferences.
Access the new ACStats data entry website by clicking GCFA Annual Church Statistics. Church passwords have been set to: GPSTATS22! The Great Plains Conference has created a guide for churches to navigate through this new data entry system. Click HERE to access that document.
Go to this link to find your church's GCFA number.
The importance of submitting statistical data is explained by the General Council on Finance and Administration. Our use of the GCFA statistical input system improves our accountability and measures our ministry work throughout the Great Plains Conference and in connection with the general church.
Local church audit are due annually on June 30
View the Great Plains Conference's local church audit policy/procedures.