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GCFA Funding Suspension for East Africa Annual Conference Continues

 

GCFA Funding Suspension for East Africa Annual Conference Continues

Nashville, TN – In 2012 The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) recommended that the general agencies, annual conferences and local churches of The United Methodist Church withhold funding to the East Africa Annual Conference and related organizations until GCFA could determine that accountability exists that the funds are being used to support the designated purpose.  Pursuant to ¶806 of the 2012 Book of Discipline, GCFA holds funds authorized by the General Conference in trust, and such funds should be distributed only in support of the ministries for which the funds were intended.  GCFA is accountable to The United Methodist Church through the General Conference in all matters relating to the receiving, disbursing, and reporting of such funds. 

The GCFA Board Committee on Audit and Review, following consultation with representatives of the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM), again reported to the full GCFA Board that the East Africa Annual Conference has continued to fail to provide complete and accurate financial audits of general Church funds it has received.  Until the East Africa Annual Conference can provide satisfactory explanations of how those funds were spent, funding from GCFA, GBGM, and other general Church entities will not be forwarded to that annual conference or related organizations.  The Committee on Audit and Review of GCFA has the responsibility to review audits of all treasuries receiving general Church funds, and the utilization of financial assets in achieving the stated mission of the entity as defined by General Conference, the governing board, and donor designations (¶805.4b). This has not been the case in the East Africa Annual Conference, and the council deems it necessary to continue the funding suspension. 

In 2012, the board of directors of GCFA approved the filing of a formal judicial complaint against Bishop Daniel Wandabula with the College of Bishops governing the East Africa Annual Conference due to concerns about the use and accountability of funds for various ministries in that conference.  A complaint was filed, but, to date, no action has been taken by the College.  Other actions remain under consideration by the GCFA board.