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March Renewal FAQ’s for The United Methodist Church Insurance Program

Who will I receive my property and casualty coverage from?  Properties with March renewal dates will continue to receive their property and casualty insurance through UMI, which is the… Read More

United Methodist Insurance (UMI)

Travel Insurance Available for United Methodist Group and Individual Travel

To further its mission to protect the people of The United Methodist Church, United Methodist Insurance (UMI), through its subsidiary United Methodist Insurance Agency, has partnered with Travel Insured International, a Crum & Forster Company, to supply individual and group travel protection insurance at competitive rates.  This coverage is available not only to UMI insured organizations, but also to all individuals or groups within The United Methodist Church connection and their families when traveling for volunteer/mission assignments, business and leisure travel.

To read more about the program or to enroll in travel insurance, visit the Travel Insured website dedicated to coverage for United Methodists or call 1-800-243-3174. For more information or questions about UMI and its ministry of protecting people and property of The United Methodist Church, contact Sid Gray, Vice President and Treasurer of UMI or call 615-369-2345.
 


United Methodist Insurance Repays Portion of Investments

The United Methodist Insurance (UMI) Board of Directors reports that after a review of 2018 year end financials, UMI is in a position to make a return of capital payments to surplus note holders in the first quarter of 2019. The repayments represent about 15% of the investment from each organization in the United Methodist Property and Casualty Trust (UMPACT), the predecessor insurance company to UMI. Though the decision was not made in relation to any rate structure, it is made possible due to reduced capital needs associated with transitioning from being a risk bearing captive insurance company.

The annual conferences that invested are: Alabama-West Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Memphis, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Georgia, Northern Illinois, North Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma Indian Missionary, Oregon-Idaho, Peninsula-Delaware, and West Virginia. The General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) was also an investor.

UMI is committed to working faithfully ro return investment and provide insurance products throughout the United Methodist connection.


*United Methodist Insurance and AmVenture Work to Improve Service to UMI Insureds**

United Methodist Insurance (UMI) and its partner, AmVenture Insurance Agency, Inc. (AmVenture), are working together to provide more competitive pricing and enhanced coverage for United Methodist churches and other related properties. Unfortunately, those UMI clients with renewal dates in January 2019 were not given much time to take actions necessary to implement their new policies.  Because of this, we have received a number of questions, and some properties have been forced to seek other insurance coverage.

Moses Kumar, chief executive of the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA), said, “We acknowledge there have been issues. We apologize and are working diligently to find solutions, both to the issues around competitive quotations and timing. We have confidence that working together, UMI and AmVenture will provide solutions that will work to the benefit of the UMC connection. The Board of GCFA will continue to be diligent in monitoring the situation and doing what reasonably can be done to ensure success in providing a program of insurance to the UMC connection in the United States, as we are currently tasked to do in the Book of Discipline.”

Sam Liotta, President and Founder of AmVenture, said, “We are actively seeking ways to correct any problems created by the coverage quotes received by churches insured with UMI. We apologize for the timing and communications shared for January renewals. The comments and input we have received have been important in helping us find solutions that work. We take customer service seriously and are reviewing all the ways AmVenture interacts with current and future customers of the United Methodist Insurance Program.”

AmVenture and UMI will be connecting with carriers in coming months to find partner insurers that will offer competitive pricing, assure there is a clear understanding of next steps, listen to concerns about coverage, and develop processes that benefit the properties.

Mike Plesko, President of UMI said, “We are taking every opportunity to explore coverage options that are affordable and still provide the coverage United Methodist properties need. The new UMI Program remains focused on providing choices to UMC churches and church-related entities – choices that are competitive in terms of price and quality – choices that meet the recommended minimums for our denomination.”

Current and potential customers of UMI that will renew and begin coverage in coming months can reach AmVenture at 866-203-0777, or unitedmethodistinsurance@amventure.com.


OUR MINISTRY
United Methodist Insurance (UMI) is in the ministry of protecting the people and property of The United Methodist Church.  We do this by assisting in a financially responsible way while providing access to a broad range of coverages. 

United Methodist Insurance (UMI) entered into an agreement with AmVenture Insurance Agency, Inc. (AmVenture), a licensed insurance provider, to offer robust property and casualty coverage and exceptional customer service for United Methodist churches.

  • Protect Your People with Workers’ Compensation Insurance
  • Protect Your Property with General Liability Insurance
  • Protect Your Finances with Directors’ and Officers’ Liability
  • Enhanced coverages including Equipment Breakdown, Lease Cancellation, Employee Benefits Coverage, and much more.

The program became effective January 1, 2019. Properties that are not currently covered through UMI are encouraged to follow their Conferences by participating in the program.

Call 866-203-0777 or email unitedmethodistinsurance@amventure.com and AmVenture representatives will be happy to talk with you about your church’s needs.

OUR SERVICES
United Methodist Insurance (UMI) focuses solely on the insurance needs of United Methodist churches so that United Methodist churches can focus on their other vital ministry needs.  Currently, UMI insures the ministries of more than 3,000 United Methodist churches.   

The content available on this website has been prepared by United Methodist Insurance Company (UMI) for informational purposes only.  No article or document may accurately contemplate all possible scenarios or church resources.  As such, this information is meant to foster discussion by the individual church and its members to develop a plan tailored to its own circumstances.  UMI is providing this information with no warranties or guarantees of any kind and it should not be viewed as legal, financial, or other professional advice.   All liability is expressly disclaimed.