The Central Texas Conference (CTC) is once again employing the EZRA statistical reporting system as the official End of Year "Checkout" tool. While EZRA is built and administered by the General Council of Finance and Administration (GCFA), the Central Texas Conference Finance and IT teams have worked with GCFA to make the reporting process as easy as possible for the churches of the CTC. However, if you have questions or need technical assistance
, please click on the blue Tech Support
The EZRA tool will be open from Monday Jan. 4 through Friday, Jan. 22. You may access the EZRA tool by clicking on the EZRA Login
button below or by going to ezra.gcfa.org.
GCFA requires that users set up a new user profile each year, which means that passwords from the previous year must be reset following the initial login.
THIS YEAR’S initial login password is stats2020.
As per EZRA tool requirements set forth by GCFA, you will be required to enter a permanent password unique to your church the first time you login during the Jan. 4 - 22 period - the password MAY be the one you used last year if you wish.
How New District Relationships Affect 2020 Reporting
Churches will automatically be logged into their 2021 districts* in EZRA for reporting purposes. Even though the statistics being entered into EZRA are from 2020, they need to be submitted to each church’s current district. Churches who changed districts in 2021 will not need to make changes to their district relationship in EZRA. If you believe your district affiliation in EZRA to be incorrect, please contact your district office and/or email Calvin Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org
*While the adoption of the Forward to a New Spring plan maintained the Central Texas Conference’s current structure of five geographic districts – Central, East, North, South and West – the plan did establish three new District Areas and updated district lines, which caused some local church district relationships to shift. Visit https://www.ctcumc.org/newdistricts-2021 to see a list of churches who have moved to a new district effective Jan. 1.
This is the landing page for the conference-wide statistical reporting - aka "Checkout."
Links to the 2020 "End-of-Year" forms required by your district (i.e. Fund Balance Report, End of Year Pastor's Report) will be emailed to you on or before Dec. 15. If you do not receive the link to your forms on or before Dec. 15, please contact your district office or email email@example.com. (please check your SPAM or Junk folders before contacting your district office.)
Please note the deadline to enter your 2020 statistical data via EZRA is Friday, Jan. 22.
Ezra, which happens to translate from the Hebrew as “help,” is an interactive electronic database that provides each conference or United Methodist agency the ability to enter data and have real-time access to that information. GCFA and the Central Texas Conference IT Team have put together an on how to enter your checkout information via Ezra. You can or via the Checkout Help Guide button above. If you need assistance with for the first time, or on the First Time Login Guide button above.
If you still have questions after you’ve consulted the , or need assistance that is not addressed in the guide, please contact Calvin Scott (
or 817-877-5222), and he will either assist you or quickly get you in contact with the appropriate resource. As Calvin gets several emails and calls on a variety of technical issues each day, please put EZRA in your subject line of your email
or leave a detailed voicemail of your issue if he is not available when you call. Please follow-up any voicemails with an email to ensure the most rapid response as Calvin serves the conference as our Archivist as well and offices away from his extension on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
If you are experiencing difficulties with the Ezra tool itself, please . If you have discovered errors in your reporting after you have submitted your information, please alert your district office and contact Greg Carey
() or one of the other GCFA assistants listed on the Ezra homepage for assistance.
Again, the last day to "checkout" and enter your churches statistical information is Friday, January 22. You are highly encouraged to login and at least begin the process before the Jan. 22 deadline in case you run into any technical trouble or have questions along the way. Also, as noted above, the Ezra tool is for statistical reporting only. There are two district-specific, end-of-year forms that are required independent of the "Checkout" process. The 2020 "End of Year" forms required by your district (i.e. Fund Balance Report, End of Year Pastor's Report) - will be emailed to you on or before Dec. 15. If you did not receive your forms, please contact your district office.