GCFA Thanks Local Church Members for Commitment to Connectional Giving
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Nashville, TN – The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA), working with annual conferences in Europe, Africa, the Philippines, and the United States, reports a record level of giving to the United Methodist connection through the general Church apportioned Funds. Twenty-nine Jurisdictional annual conferences and nine Central Conference annual conferences have paid 100% of their 2017 apportionments to the general Church funds. The 2017 increase is about $1.8 million more than the 2016 collections. There were 27 Jurisdictional annual conferences at 100% in 2016. 2017 marks the first time Central conferences were apportioned, with the apportionments going to two funds – the Episcopal and General Administration Funds. Jurisdictional giving to general Church funds increased by $1.9 million from 2016, while central conference giving went down by about $50,000.
The twenty-nine Jurisdictional Conferences are: Alaska, Baltimore-Washington, California-Nevada, Central Texas, Desert Southwest, East Ohio, Greater New Jersey, Illinois Great Rivers, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, New England, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma Indian Missionary, Oregon-Idaho, Pacific Northwest, Peninsula Delaware, Red Bird Missionary, Rocky Mountain, Susquehanna, Tennessee, Upper New York, West Ohio, West Virginia, Western Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Yellowstone.
The nine Central Conference areas are: Central and Southern Europe, Davao, East Congo, Eastern Angola, Eurasia, Germany, Liberia, Mozambique, Nordic-Baltic. The Central Conference apportionment is based on a formula approved by the 2016 General Conference.
The 2017 pay-out rate (the percentage of apportioned funds collected) is 91.9%, an increase over 2016 at 91.4%. The overall pay-out rate for Central Conferences is 65% (Europe – 298%; The Philippines – 36%; and Africa 17%.)
Moses Kumar, General Secretary and Treasurer, said “We not only want to thank the people of The United Methodist Church but also praise God for their faithful witness through their giving. We are blessed to be in ministry with people who support the connectional nature of The United Methodist Church. Through this faithful giving, ministries of the denomination continue to thrive. Those who are served by our global ministries benefit most through this exceptional support. Thank you.”