Congregational Reporting Begins
Dear Clergy and Administrators,
By now you should have received a message from the ACNA Provincial Office on Congregational Reporting (AKA – parochial report). As in past years, this annual report will be due March 1st. The Financial and Membership portions of this reporting are incorporated in the online Provincial Report for the ACNA. The full PDF version of the Provincial report form is available for those ready to distribute the work and get started.
Basic parish information on every congregation has been preloaded for you. It is recommended that after setting up a User ID and logging in, you check that information and make any needed additions or corrections.
The information you provide here will be the profile displayed to anyone in the world searching for an ACNA parish in your area. Providing good information now will bless your parish in the long run.
The information being requested by the Diocese is in two links. The first asks for Diocesan Supplemental Information. Before you begin filling out this form we strongly recommend that you review the list of questions here, to be sure you have the information you will need. Once you open the online form you will need to complete it to the end to save all your work. No need to print or send the Diocese anything else for this one. The second form for the diocesan report is that for Clergy Salaries. The fillable PDF’s for preparing these reports may also be found on the Diocesan website.
As always, if you have questions, please feel free to contact either me or Mrs. Nancy Armstrong. Completed Diocesan forms should be emailed to Nancy by March 1st. The Provincial information will be provided directly to the Diocese by the ACNA. Be sure to save printed copies of both your Provincial and Diocesan reports for your parish permanent records.
How Does This Report Help Visitors Find My Congregation?
The online reporting software is the foundation of the new provincial website and parish finder, and your congregation’s particular page will be a point of contact for those looking for an Anglican church in your area. Although the reporting season will end on March 1st, you have access to this system year-round in order to be able to update information about your parish (worship times, programs, etc.) and highlight your ministries for prospective visitors.
Is there a hard copy of the report?
Yes, the Provincial report form is available as a PDF. The Diocesan forms will be distributed shortly as fillable PDFs. Some congregations prefer to hand out sections of the PDF to the relevant ministry leaders (ex. the “Worship” section goes to the Rector, “Stewardship” section goes to Treasurer, etc.) have them fill it in on paper first, and then add it to the online system.
What if I Need Assistance?
The website has both video tutorials and a FAQ section where you can find answers about the Provincial portions.
You can also contact me at email@example.com and if I know the answer I will be happy to help you, particularly regarding the Diocesan portions.
There is also a “Support” tab on the Provincial website, where a volunteer is available to assist you. (Please understand that there will be thousands of people using the system, but there are only a few support staff. If you don’t get someone via live chat right away, you can leave a message and they will get back with you as soon as they are able.)
I invite you to please share this message with the appropriate ministry leaders in your congregation. I’ll be following up with you later this week to provide the informational PDFs needed for the Diocesan reports. Everything else can be done online. Thanks in advance for your part in helping make this important process go smoothly.
In Christ’s service,
The Rev. Canon Jim Lewis
The Anglican Diocese of South Carolina
Anglican Church in North America
Note: My new email is firstname.lastname@example.org
126 Coming Street
Charleston, SC 29413