Computers for ministry

About the scheme

The 2007 Conference adopted a report entitled Computers for Ministry: Implementation Proposals. In the first instance this applies to presbyters and deacons in the active work in appointments (circuit and other) in the control of the Church. The scheme comprises a free email service as well as financial support for computer equipment. 

Methodist email address

A free personalized email address will be made available for all presbyters and deacons. The format for this is: forename.surname@methodist.org.uk
There is no mandatory requirement for you to use this free service and you are welcome to continue using your own email address if you wish.
Contact ministersonline@methodistchurch.org.uk to initiate the set-up process.

Go to https://mail.methodist.org.uk   to access your webmail account.
Go to https://mail.methodist.org.uk/admin to administer your webmail account e.g. to forward your @methodist.org.uk e-mails to other e-mail addresses, or to activate automatic replies to messages.

Further technical support is provided by the company FLUENT.
Website: www.fluent.ltd.uk/support
Email: support@fluent.ltd.uk
Telephone: 01296 329200

Computer equipment

The 2007 Conference report allows for financial support of up to £600 per presbyter or deacon in full-time and part-time appointments in control of the Church (excluding members of the Connexional Team) every four years to be put towards computer equipment of their choice, such as laptops, desktop computers or printers. The equipment will belong to the presbyter or deacon who made the purchase through this scheme. A professionally-resourced maintenance contract or warranty arrangement should be either an allowable expense for presbyters or deacons or directly arranged by their circuit. 

To make a claim, please download a claim form from the Ministerial Grants page. For simplicity of administration, it is advised to make a single claim once every four years for the total expenditure at the time.

 Computers in Ministry Grants - Final Reminder

  1. The Computers in Ministry Scheme is being replaced with an annual Computers in Ministry Allowance. Commencing from October 2018, this allowance will be paid with the October stipend each year.
  2. The Computers in Ministry Allowance for the 2018/19 year is £156.
  3. Ministers who are stationed as probationers are also given an “Initial Computers in Ministry Grant” which is equal to four times the Computers in Ministry Allowance amount in the year they are stationed. This Grant is in addition to the annual Allowance they would receive in October.
  4. Please review the table below to better acquaint yourself with the key dates for the remainder of the Connexional Year as we phase out the old scheme and introduce the new Computers in Ministry Allowance. After 31 August 2018, the end of this Connexional Year, applications for the old scheme will no longer be accepted and the Computers in Ministry Allowance will take effect from 1 October 2018.

Connexional year

Deadline for application

Max. entitlement

2017/18 1 Sep 2017-31 August 2018

31 March 2018

£600

2018/19 - 1 Sep 2018-31 August 2019

31 August 2018

£450

For more information, please contact the Stipends Team.


Broadband

A broadband internet connection should be provided if it is available on the same terms as the provision of telephones for presbyters and deacons. 


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