Apportioned Funds Spotlight: General Administration Fund
Monday, April 5, 2021
The United Methodist Church is connectional. The connectional nature of the church commits us to support its leadership and ministries of the Church. One way to do this is through our connectional apportionment system. This is when the Church pools its dollars and connects local churches around the world to create bigger and lasting impacts. Together, through our connectional congregations and apportionment system, we accomplish what no single church, district, or annual conference could ever hope to do alone.
Originally scheduled this year for each month prior to the opening of the postponed General Conference in 2021, UMC Support scheduled to detail each of the seven general Church apportioned funds, so that General Conference delegates and members of The United Methodist Church like you have a deep understanding of the fund and what each one does. Though the General Conference session has been postponed to August 2022, we wanted to continue featuring a fund each month. In January there was a spotlight on the Africa University Fund, which supports more than 1,800 students from 29 countries. Next, we spotlighted the Black College Fund, which supports 11 historically black college and universities (HBCUs) relating to the church – the largest number of black colleges and universities receiving funding from any church body in the United States. March brought a feature on the Episcopal Fund.
This month we are spotlighting the General Administration Fund, which finances the administrative function of the denomination’s general activities and is what enables The United Methodist Church to function most effectively. The General Administration funds several important denominational responsibilities as outlined in The Book of Discipline including:
- Expenses of the General Conference
- The Judicial Council
- The administrative functions of the General Council on Finance and Administration
- The operating costs of the General Commission on Archives and History whose work is the maintenance of United Methodist histori shrines, landmarks, and sites
- Funds the safeguarding of the legal interests and rights of The United Methodist Church
Interestingly, the General Administration Fund was established in the original financial plan of The United Methodist Church at its creation in 1939. This fund helps implement a transparent and trustworthy system of administrative oversight and financial accountability.
The General Administration Fund is a necessary fund that helps the administrative aspects of our denomination run effectively by providing the infrastructure that supports and aids us in making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
United Methodist Communications contributed to this article.