Judicial Council Decision Addresses Apportionment Calculations
Thursday, March 25, 2021
Nashville, Tennessee – In Decision 1409 issued on March 25, 2021, the Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church addressed the scope of the General Council on Finance and Administration’s (GCFA) authority in calculating general Church apportionments after the conclusion of the 2017-2020 quadrennium. The Judicial Council affirmed the action taken by GCFA to continue to use the allocations and apportionment formulas adopted by the 2016 General Conference in calculating 2021 general Church apportionments. Its ruling makes it clear that GCFA must apply the same allocations and formulas until the General Conference approves or adopts a new budget.
In the decision, which is in response to a request for a declaratory decision submitted by GCFA, the Judicial Council writes: “The General Conference has full legislative authority in matters of quadrennial budgets and apportionment formulas and acted accordingly in 2016 by adopting the 2017-2020 budget. All recommendations submitted by the General Council on Finance and Administration as part of the process set forth in ¶ 806 require approval of the General Conference. The proposed Base Percentage cannot be used for calculating 2021 apportionments without prior authorization. Absent General Conference action, the 2017-2020 budget, including approved apportionment formulas, continues to be legally binding and operative until replaced by a new quadrennial budget.”