What you need to know about where our money goes.
Completing our series of stories about mission shares/apportionments:
We stretch our resources through our distinctly United Methodist apportionment sys- tem of giving that financially underwrites United Methodist Ministry and mission beyond the local church. Apportionments is the term we use to describe the portion that each congrega- tion contributes to the annual conference and general church operating budgets. Apportion- ments are one outward and visible sign of the connection within the UMC. T his type of giving allows us to work toward our goal of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world and, like all giving to the church, is a way of sharing our blessings. Payment in full of these apportionments by local churches and the annual conferences is the first benevolent responsibility of the church.”
The General Conference establishes budgets for the denomination’s general funds. These are divided among annual conferences, based on a specific formula. Each conference, using its own approved formula, divides these fund requests, along with conference adminis- trative and benevolence fund requests, among local churches. Specific details are available through each annual conference.
When we pay our apportionments, we affirm that we are part of a connectional church. Any church that cannot pay their apportionments in full—and it does happen—will often have a follow-up conversation with the district superintendent or bishop to see what issues may have caused the shortfall, and what steps, if any, may be taken to remedy the situation in the future. Sometimes, congregations who have paid their apportionment volun- teer to help other churches who, for one reason or another, cannot pay.
In order for our church to receive credit for remitting its apportionments or other giving opportunities, the money must flow through the annual conference office. From there, the annual conference treasurer submits the funds to the General Council on Finance and Administration, where the annual conference gets credit for its contribution.
To learn how the annual conferences use apportionment dollars, simply look at the conference budget. Delegates vote on and approve annual conference budgets at annual conference sessions, so detailed reports should be easy to find. For impact stories, information and resources, visit: www.umcgiving.org/why-we-give.