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Watch the video below to learn more about the official email addresses for all active and retired clergy and lay persons assigned to an appointment. FAQs are available below along with some printable training resources. Click here to access Microsoft 365 training online.  (Haga clic aquí para acceder a la capacitación de Microsoft en línea en español.)

Find other Tuesday Talk recordings at https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOleI0f5bi1MAlz3C9HUPqBpk2AdUwawF and encourage your church communicators to join the next conversation. Subscribe by emailing a request to communications@dscumc.org.

Clergy Email Provider-User Agreement

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Frequently Asked Questions

What if I already have Outlook? How can I add this new account to my Outlook?

There are many different types of email accounts you can add to Outlook, including Microsoft 365, Gmail, Yahoo, iCloud, and Exchange accounts.

Some third-party email providers, like Gmail, Yahoo, and iCloud, require you to change some settings on their websites before you can add these accounts to Outlook. [Click here to access the step-by-step instructions from Microsoft.]

Why can't I forward my @dscumc.net emails?

Forwarding arrangements create security issues in the network and can cause you to miss important messages. Sometimes emails can end up in the spam folder and those messages don’t get forwarded. [Find out more by reading the Email Provider-User Agreement]

Will I be able to use the Word and Outlook apps downloaded onto my iPad? I have that capacity now with our Office 365 account in the local church.

Absolutely. As long as the applications are licensed with another account, you will be able to access the data on the application.

Can I still read email on my phone?

Yes. Although the new email account does not grant you access to download any of the Office 365 Apps, you can add the new email account to your existing email apps like Apple’s Mail or MS Outlook.

Are the new email addresses optional?

Switching to an official clergy email account for all DSC active and retired clergy and laypersons assigned to an appointment will be the way that all DSC clergy and laypersons assigned will register for Annual Conference and vote. It will be the email account used to publish Conference-wide emails or newsletters to clergy and laypersons assigned.

Can I still use my personal email account?

Yes. The clergy email account created by the Desert Southwest Conference is not intended to replace your personal or church email accounts and should not be used for personal reasons. These new email accounts are the official communication channel to clergy, they can be used to email between clergy or to the District or Conference but it doesn’t prevent you from using your personal or church address to contact others as you normally would.

Is this account getting reviewed by the Conference or anyone else?

No. Although the account is owned by the Conference, the Desert Southwest Conference follows GCFA’s policy recommendations which prevent staff from sharing passwords or reviewing someone else’s email account without legal cause or user permission. (Please read more about this in the Provider-User Agreement)

Can the Conference or the Bishop see my emails?

Although the administrators of the Desert Southwest Conference Office 365 account can change the settings to allow administrators to look through someone’s account, it is against our policy to do so and the Office 365 account is set up to prevent this. Alarm triggers/notifications are currently set up to alert all administrators if anyone attempts to change the current privacy settings.

Can churches get a Conference email address too?

Not yet. Currently, we are only focusing on creating email accounts in the Desert Southwest Conference Office 365 environment for active and retired clergy and laypersons assigned to an appointment. If your church wants an account, please email Christina Dillabough at cdillabough@dscumc.org to request the account.

When will Conference-wide emails like the newsletter start going out to the official clergy email addresses instead of my personal address?

As of April 19, 2021, Conference-wide emails will get sent to the new @.dscumc.net addresses, but we won’t unsubscribe anyone from the newsletter. Please note that relying solely on your previous subscriptions to receive the latest information will result in missing letters sent to all clergy. The newsletter does not include all information that clergy need from their District or the Conference.


Microsoft Office has created training materials for their products, click on the links below to download training sheets or to participate in virtual training by Microsoft.

Outlook (Email) on the internet

Outlook (Calendar) on the internet

Virtual Training with Microsoft

Letter with Set-up Instructions

On April 21 all clergy received this letter from Christina Dillabough with instructions on how to access the new accounts.