Assessment Process

The 2020 assessment billing statement is available online together with all pastoral charge statistics reports.

The 2020 assessment billing statement is available online together with all pastoral charge statistics reports.

You will need your M&S number and the access code associated with the annual church statistics report (blue forms) to install and log in to the Web Application. Please note this application currently only works on computers with Windows 7 or later and not yet on Apple devices.

Of course, for budget purposes the information has been online since annual statistics were filed.

In the majority of cases, the amount due is unchanged from 2019, as is the billing mode. For those who are paying by pre-authorized means, no action is required unless your banking information has changed. The payment amount will be updated automatically based on your 2020 assessment.

Assessment by the broader church is a core operating cost of a United Church in good standing. Section G4.2.4 of The Manual provides that in terms of priority of payment, the first priority is to pay staff and related costs, and the second is to pay the assessment. The assessment is a core cost to be managed. We are striving to live into the change in church structures in a way that is fair to all the principles of the new funding model and having a consistent approach for all. 

The preferred method of payment is by using either Internet banking or pre-authorized payments. The enrollment form can be found below.

If paying by cheque, please make it payable to The United Church of Canada and mail it to Assessments—The United Church of Canada, 200-3250 Bloor St. West, Toronto, ON, M8X 2Y4. Please include your M&S Number and “2020 Assessment” in the memo line of the cheque in order so it is credited to the correct account.

  • Annual payments are due February 1, 2020.
  • Quarterly payments are due February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1.
  • Pre-authorized monthly payments will be drawn in 11 installments on the first of the month from February through December 2020.

Questions?

If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail us at assessments [at] united-church.ca, or call Rose Cambourne 1-800-268-3781 or 416- 231-7680, ext. 6229.

Background

Beginning in 2019, there were fundamental changes to the pastoral charge assessment process. The new process

  • now funds both regional and denominational governance work.
  • ensures that all pastoral charges share in a proportional and transparent way in the costs of the broader church.
  • dedicates the use of Mission & Service donations to fund the church’s ministry and mission.
  • provided for a phase-in period where the new assessment amount is more than 10% greater than the 2017/2018 rate paid by the pastoral charge. The new assessment could apply for three years.

Mission & Service Giving Is an Essential Element of the New Model

In the new funding model, individuals, families, and congregations continue to have the opportunity to donate to the Mission & Service of the church to support our collective ministry. This ministry is carried out in congregations, regions, the General Council Office, across Canada, and around the world through our Mission & Service partners. In times of financial pressure the new model will assure that future Mission & Service donations will not be used to fund governance. For more information, see the New Funding Model One-Pager below.

Overview of New Funding Model

For more background information, see the New Funding Model Summary below.

Webinar: Watch the Recording

Graphic for Remit Implementation and the New Assessment Process webinar

This webinar from November 27, 2018, was a chance to hear about the new process and ask questions. To watch a recording of the session and download the PowerPoint slides, visit United in Learning