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Denominational giving drops for 3rd year

Giving down third year in a row

The decline in UMC giving comes as COVID-19 continues its menace and a possible denominational separation is on the horizon.

Leaders consider the UMC’s bottom line

Leaders look at the offering plate

For now, leaders of the General Council on Finance and Administration propose cutting the budget for denomination-wide ministries by nearly a third, starting in 2023.

General Conference plans move ahead

Virus a concern for planner Gary Graves

The Commission on the General Conference is monitoring vaccinations, VISA availability, and virus related travel restrictions around the world as they continue plans for a 2022 meeting of the law-making… Continue Reading General Conference plans move ahead

U.S. bishops take on expanded roles

Bishops process at 2019 General Conference

Just as Bishop David Bard has taken an interim assignment in Minnesota, other U.S. bishops are receiving additional conferences to shepherd as of September 2, 2021.

Finance board gets update on giving

COVID-19 is one factor affecting finance in the UMC reports uptick in giving during COVID

The General Council on Finance and Administration learns of  volatility in apportionment giving across the connection. Collection rates in the first quarter varied widely among the seven general church funds.

Estimating financial impact of exits

Financial impact of potential UMC split

Financial forecast …  a survey of conferences projects that a 20% decline in local church net expenditures will result in about $41 million less in requested apportionments by 2024.

GCFA reports uptick in giving

COVID-19 is one factor affecting finance in the UMC reports uptick in giving during COVID

Encouraging news. COVID-19 has left a mark on giving to denomination-wide ministries. GCFA, however, is happy to report a slight rebound in July. 

Treasurer sought in Michigan Conference

Treasurer job open

David Dobbs, Michigan Conference Treasurer and Director of Administrative Services will leave his post and move to Arizona May 1. The position is now open. Apply before May 22.

CARES Act offers churches a boost

CARES Act offers financial loans

Though ministry needs are on the rise, giving is down as sanctuaries across the country are filled not with people but with empty pews. The Cares Act includes support for… Continue Reading CARES Act offers churches a boost

US membership dips below majority

Chart shows shift in majority

United Methodist leaders project that at the present time at least half of the denomination lives outside the United States. However, the US delegates to GC 2020  remain in the… Continue Reading US membership dips below majority

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