The official program and fiscal period used in The United Methodist Church for planning and administration. The General Conference has established the calendar year (January 1 through December 31) as the church year. The term of office for the officers in a local church is also the calendar year. The Christian calendar is followed for the observances of important Christian events and worship emphases.
Source: A Dictionary for United Methodists, Alan K. Waltz, Copyright 1991, Abingdon Press. Used by Permission.