We each serve a role in the life of our local church. Every role is important. We are thankful for each member and visitor – new or old – who contributes to the life and vitality of the church.
Parts of the work of the church require organization. We work hard to keep up with membership, organizations, activities and functions of the church. However it is done, organization of our information is a vital part of the ministry of administration. That is why GCFA developed Ezra, the official database of The United Methodist Church, and provides access to the United Methodist connection with information contained in Ezra. (Par. 807.16)
Ezra is the dynamic, one-stop location for United Methodist data. It is a robust, interactive, and cost-effective data solution that uses web-based technology to be available in real time.
As an example of its use, the East Ohio conference has used Ezra since 2009. The conference uses the churches, people, leadership and statistics module in the life of its eleven offices. It has helped to cut down on multiple reporting of changes in vital personal information and allows for the reporting of church data electronically. Submission of data doesn’t involve formatting a spreadsheet! A local church dashboard allows congregations to input their own leadership information.
For the East Ohio conference, Ezra is the centralized, interactive database accessed from any location at any time via an internet connection helping East Ohio to be more organized from the conference office to the district offices to each member or visitor of a local church. Work efficiencies are realized and more resources are available to do more ministry at all levels of the conference.
Customization and excellent customer service are two reasons East Ohio is a satisfied customer. They have made Ezra an application they can use easily across the conference.
Effective deployment of services that help the full range of administrative ministries is at the core of the mission of GCFA. We want to thank ALL the conferences and local churches that use GCFA Shared Services. Feel free to contact us if you have questions about any of our Shared Services.