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 serviceas 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 computersforministry@methodistchurch.org.uk to initiate the set-up process.

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

Go to http://mail.methodist.org.uk  to access your webmail account.
Go to http://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.

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.

Please note that this system will only be in place until March 2018. The Stipends Team will provide more information in due course.

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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