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  • Healthy churches are giving churches.
  • Healthy United Methodist churches are giving churches. Giving is a spiritual discipline as important to one’s spiritual growth as prayer, study of Scripture and living a life of service. Healthy United Methodist churches practice full connectional giving because they see connectional giving as an extension of their ministry of making disciples of Jesus Christ at the district, conference, national and global levels. Two thirds of all United Methodist congregations remit 100% of conference and general church apportionments.
  • As we think about giving our resources, we realize we live in a world of economic pressures and demands on our money.
  • Here are the topics discussed in this presentation.
  • Let’s stop here. Think about an exciting or important ministry in your local congregation or community in which you are involved and about which you are passionate. The purpose of the exercise is to realize we support financially those things about which we care.
  • Are there connections--ministries beyond the local church about which you are passionate? In United Methodism, giving beyond the local church most likely has touched each of our lives through a conference camp, student ministry, day-care, hospital, school, university, seminary, scholarship or loan. It is easier to support ministries beyond our congregation that have touched our lives. Sometimes it is more difficult to become passionate about the ministries supported by connectional giving that we do not see. Yet we know in the words of John Wesley that “the world is our parish.”
  • Are these realities in your congregation? If so, how are you addressing these challenges?
  • The real issue is our personal financial stewardship reflected in our giving to our church.
  • As United Methodists, how do we view our connectional ministries seen most clearly in the word “apportionments”? Have you heard some of these statements?
  • First, people want a reason to give beyond loyalty to The United Methodist Church. Second, our pastors sometimes act as gatekeepers regarding information about connectional ministries. United Methodists are a generous people. Give them a REASON to give, and they will give. Give them an OPPORTUNITY to give, and they will give.
  • So what are apportionments?
  • The mission of United Methodist churches as congregations and our mission as United Methodists is to make disciples of Jesus Christ. All ministries at every level of the United Methodist connection have this mission: make disciples of Jesus Christ. The accountability of our financial support of our church is measured in how we spend our resources for this mission of making disciples.
  • In our mission of making disciples, we can see the impact of our United Methodist connectional giving in many different ways.
  • Note: The Jurisdictional Conferences (United States) include 8,250,000 members in more than 35,000 churches. United Methodism is growing faster around the world that it is in the United States.
  • And the list could go on and on.
  • We could list many more, including projects that bring justice, diversity, food, clothing, shelter and hope to millions every day. All are made possible by our sharing of God’s gifts.
  • What are some ways you see God’s love being shown each week through our United Methodist connection?
  • All of these wonderful ministries are an extension of the mission and ministry of our United Methodist congregations. In our congregation, we share a ministry that includes weekly worship and nurture, education through our Sunday schools, Bible study groups, youth fellowships; outreach in many forms from feeding ministries, to clothes closets, tutoring, ministering in prisons; administration as witnessed by the responsible way we care for what God has provided through our buildings, our pastors and our church property. Our districts, annual conferences, jurisdictional conferences and General Conference are all extensions of our local church’s ministry. Working in the name of Christ, we extend ourselves so much further than we could do on our own.
  • Think about the categories through which your church, district and conference work in the task of making disciples. We need to use this measurement to evaluate all we do as congregations and as a denomination.
  • What other examples of nurturing ministries can you add to this list?
  • Are there other education ministries that your congregation is offering? If so, add these to this list.
  • Give examples of other outreach ministries that your congregation, district or annual conference is doing.
  • Sustaining or administration ministries also are a part of how we should be faithful stewards in making disciples. List other sustaining ministries.
  • Pardon the humor, but our responsibility as United Methodists is clear. We are called to serve a much wider universe than our parish for, as John Wesley said, “The world is my parish.” Through our connectional giving, we continue that tradition of serving God’s children wherever they are.
  • From the earliest days of Wesley, Methodists have been a people who give money through our connectedness to support ministries we could not do by ourselves. This giving we call apportionments; many refer to apportionments as “a portion meant for others.” This is a helpful way to understand this concept.
  • With these 3.3 cents, we United Methodists support more than 1,000 missionaries and operate 65 community centers, 65 hospitals and health-care facilities, and 225 retirement and long-term-care facilities. We minister on more than 100 United Methodist college and university campuses . We support 13 theological schools, 11 historically Black colleges and universities, Africa University, ecumenical efforts, ministries of justice and peace and services to children and the poor. In the spirit of John Wesley, we do all the good we can, in all the places we can, to all the people we can. We combine our prayers, presence, gifts and service to make a significant difference in the lives of God’s people.
  • In The United Methodist Church, connectional giving consists of our conference and general church apportionments. These apportionments have different names in different annual conferences. You may have heard fair share giving, benevolences or other terms. The conference apportions amounts to local congregations for conference programs, staff and ministries as well as for the conference’s share of general church apportionments. General church apportionments are called “funds.” There are seven general church apportioned funds. Your church’s share is remitted by the local church treasurer to the conference treasurer. Let’s examine these general church apportioned funds.
  • Through the World Service Fund apportionment, we: Support our network of missionaries serving around the world Strengthen evangelism efforts, stimulate church growth, expand Bible studies and nurture spiritual development Enrich our congregational life with worship, retreat and camping resources, leadership development and stewardship training Provide leadership and coordination for denominational youth ministry Continue nearly 200 years of commitment to higher education Equip and nurture lay leaders through education and professional support Support a program of chaplain certification Certify United Methodist professional Christian educators, communicators and musicians Assure United Methodists speak and work to help build a just world. Fund our denomination’s presence in the mass media Support ministries of peace and justice and efforts to build a truly inclusive church and society
  • Next is our support of our United Methodist bishops. Through the Episcopal Fund apportionment, we: Pay the salaries of our bishops Pay episcopal office expense Recompense 67 percent of the costs for episcopal residences Provide pension and health-care benefits for bishops and their families Cover costs of episcopal travel Defray bishops’ moving expenses Provide pensions for retired bishops and surviving spouses, and minor children of deceased bishops.
  • Through the General Administration Fund apportionment, we: Operate a system of administrative oversight and fiscal accountability Underwrite the legislative work of General Conference Fund the work of the Judicial Council Maintain United Methodism’s official documents and historical artifacts Designate historical shrines, landmarks and sites
  • We United Methodists are involved in the inspiring ministry of Africa University. Through the Africa University Fund apportionment, we: Continue the development of the first private university in sub-Saharan Africa Offer post-secondary education for students through schools of agriculture and natural resources, management and administration, education, humanities, social sciences and theology Provide a higher education of excellent quality to nurture students in Christian values and to help the nations of Africa develop the leaders of the future The campus of Africa University is debt free, thanks to the generosity of thousands of United Methodist congregations and individuals. The Africa University Fund is crucial because it provides the basic operating income for the university. Salaries, maintenance and utilities are covered by our support. Thus, student tuition can be kept low.
  • In 1972, the General Conference established the Black College Fund to provide consistent funding to these unique and vital colleges and universities. Through the Black College Fund apportionment, we: Help these institutions maintain challenging academic programs, strong faculties and well-equipped buildings Create vibrant spiritual environments Encourage pride and self-esteem Prepare and educate people for the global and technological world Strive for academic excellence based on the Christian perspective of community service and social responsibility.
  • Nothing is more important to the future of The United Methodist Church than a trained and educated clergy. The Ministerial Education Fund provides for that future. 25% of the money remitted to the Ministerial Education Fund stays in the annual conference for scholarships, continuing education and other programs. 75% supports the 13 United Methodist seminaries and other programs administered by the Division of Ordained Ministry, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Through the Ministerial Education Fund apportionment, we: Support a trained and educated clergy Equip annual conferences to meet the needs of those in the ministry
  • With other Christians, we declare the essential oneness of the church of Jesus Christ and seek to participate in the experience of sharing with other denominations and churches our common faith in Jesus Christ. Through the Interdenominational Cooperation Fund apportionment, we: Enable United Methodists to have an effective presence in the following ecumenical organizations: Churches Uniting in Christ World Methodist Council Commission on Pan-Methodist Cooperation World Council of Churches National Council of Churches Provide the U.M. share of budgets for those organizations Fund participation of United Methodist representatives at meetings of these organizations.
  • The six churchwide Special Sundays with offerings provide financial support for ministries not covered in the operating budgets of the general boards and agencies. The full story of these churchwide special Sundays and the ministries supported by the offerings can be found at www.umcgiving.org. Click on Special Sundays.
  • In addition to the seven apportioned funds, United Methodists share through designated-giving programs. The Advance for Christ and His Church enables givers to select specific ministries to support voluntarily. A complete listing of Advance projects is available online at www.gbgm-umc.org/advance. 100% of your giving to the Advance goes the ministry you designate. Advance administrative costs are funded by World Service and other sources. Advance giving is completely voluntary and is in addition to apportioned funds support. Advance giving is called “second mile” giving because the “first mile” is for local churches to pay 100% of World Service and conferences benevolences Today, through the Advance, United Methodists are in mission in 100 countries around the world and in the U.S Individuals, groups and congregations may choose from among 2,000 ministries, each carefully evaluated and approved
  • At every level of the approval process of the spending plan for 2005-08, a representative body composed of equal clergy and lay delegates makes the decisions related to the apportionments.
  • This organization structure shows how the church organizes for mission and ministry.
  • United Methodist giving averages less than 3 percent of household income which is far less than the biblical benchmark of 10%. Most could not increase their giving to 10% in one year. Yet we could strive to increase our giving by 1 percentage point per year. For example, if you earned $50,000 and gave 3%, your giving would total $1,500. Increasing your giving by 1 percentage point to 4% would mean your giving would increase to $2,000 per year for an increase of $500 or roughly $10 per week.
  • A membership snapshot of our United Methodist Church in the Jurisdictional Conferences (U.S.A).
  • Our 35,275 churches gave a grand total of more than five billion dollars in 2002. This means the average church received almost $143,000. This average is calculated by dividing the total amount given by all churches. On a per-person basis, our average giving is $607.79.
  • Many congregations have difficulty supporting our connectional giving and sustaining their congregation’s ministries. This chart shows us that many United Methodists have a real challenge in seeing their giving as a spiritual discipline. Giving is an important spiritual discipline like our study of Scripture, prayer and service. Look what happens to a congregation when people begin to experience the joy of tithing. (Note: This chart is an embedded formula. Double clicking inside the box will take you to a worksheet where you can manipulate the data to determine your church’s giving. Once you have made your changes, click outside of the worksheet, and you will return to the PowerPoint slide with your new information.)
  • Look at the impact of increasing average United Methodist household giving by 1%. Image the impact on our churches if United Methodist households tithed. (Note: Clicking inside the chart will open an Excel spreadsheet which will allow the changing of the Amount of Household Giving ($1,575.84) or the Average U.S. Household Income ($50,046). The user changes will automatically calculate the rest of the information in the chart. When finished making changes, then click outside the Excel sheet and the PowerPoint slide with your changes will be shown.)
  • How we can be faithful disciples with all God has given us?
  • On the umcgiving website, you find information about all of the apportioned funds, plus the six churchwide Special Sundays with offerings and our designated mission giving through the Advance for Christ and His Church.
  • Here are the folks in Nashville that provide you with information, resources and advice about promoting connectional giving in your church.

UMC Church Giving UMC Church Giving Presentation Transcript

  • United Methodist Connectional Giving PowerPoint Presentation This presentation was created by the Connectional Giving Team (CGT), United Methodist Communications. We hope it will help you and your congregation to learn more about the mission and ministries of The United Methodist Church funded by your congregation’s remittance of conference and general church apportionments and your designated giving to the churchwide special Sundays with offerings, The Advance for Christ and His Church, and other opportunities. Permission is granted to duplicate or edit this presentation for use in United Methodist churches. To edit this presentation, save to your computer’s hard drive, then adapt as appropriate for your setting. To view the notes that accompany these slides, go to View and click on Notes Page. For more information about connectional giving, go to www.umcgiving.org or contact InfoServ by email: [email_address] To contact the Connectional Giving Team, go to www.umcgiving.org and click Contact Us. To order additional copies of this CD, call 1 (888) 346-3862 and request item # 100430. Produced by United Methodist Communications
  • Serving God Through Our United Methodist Connectional Giving
  • ARE GIVING CHURCHES
  • Practice Full Connectional Giving
  • Serving God Through Our United Methodist Connectional Giving
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  • PURPOSES OF PRESENTATION
    • Celebrate Impact of United Methodism’s Connection in Action
    • Explore the Connection and Its Opportunities for Connectional Giving
    • Consider Strategies for Leading Congregations Into Full Support of the Connection
    • Look at Resources Available to Support This Process
    • Think about an exciting or important ministry about which you are most passionate right now!
  • How Do You View Giving Beyond the Local Church ?
  • Giving Realities Some local churches face tremendous financial pressures because expenses have increased faster than giving. Although expenses have increased, giving has not increased proportionately. Lack of funds can dampen the will of congregations, stifle local ministries and diminish the ability to participate fully in wider ministries.
  • Connectional Giving Realities Congregations are concerned about funding of apportionments; however, the real issue is dealing with systemic problems related to giving and not just “pushing” apportionments . Congregations are unlikely to increase significantly remittance of apportioned funds without improvement in the funds that support their local churches .
  • Some United Methodists Describe…
    • Apportionments as:
      • taxation without representation
      • “ franchise fee” for local use of United Methodist name on signage
      • “ We need the money locally”
      • “ I don’t believe in what “THEY’ do with my money”
      • “ Where does the money go? For all I know, it goes for church bureaucrats’ salaries and fringe benefits!”
  • Some Key Realities About United Methodist Connectional Giving
    • Payment resulting from denominational loyalty is declining.
    • Clergy are the “gatekeepers” of connectional support.
    • Give UM people a reason to give, and they will give.
    • Give UM people an opportunity to give, and they will give.
  • Apportionments Are...
    • an extension of each local church’s mission and ministry beyond its community.
    • the opportunity to support together with 36,000 other UM churches what no local church could do alone.
    • remittance of the local church’s “fair share” of the annual conference’s apportionments for UM ministries in your Conference and the global community.
  • Remember! Our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ.
  • The Impact of United Methodist Connectional Giving
  • SHARING GOD’S GIFTS
    • We United Methodists believe that each of us is called to participate in the ministry of Jesus Christ.
    • We do this in connection globally with
    • more than 42,000 local churches
    • comprised of 9.75 million members
    • and 2 million preparatory members
  • We Share A Ministry
    • Today, through the United Methodist connection, we share a ministry
    • In 165 countries
    • 1,812 supported mission personnel
    • 80,000 Volunteer-in-Mission placements
    • 102 UM-related community centers
    • More than 2,000 approved Advance projects.
  • WE SHARE A MINISTRY
    • Within the Jurisdictional Conferences (U.S.A)
    • through
    • 225 retirement homes and long-term care facilities
    • 70 hospitals and health-care facilities
    • 50 child-care facilities
    • 30 ministries for differently abled persons
    • 114 colleges, universities and seminaries
    • Day-to-day witness and outreach through 26,000 pastoral charges
  • What We Can See Each Week
    • Persons at worship in mission congregations
    • Babies baptized; youth and adults confirmed
    • People of all ages receiving medical care
    • Hurting persons helped at drug-abuse centers
    • Children nurtured in after-school programs
    • People fed, clothes distributed
    • Community centers in urban and rural areas
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  • Outreach Witness Nurture Church Council Categories OF Ministry
  • Nurture Worship Sunday School Music Small Groups Disciple
  • Education Sunday School Vacation Bible School UMYF Bible Study
  • Outreach Ministries
    • Assembling UMCOR flood buckets
    • Feeding the hungry
    • Distributing clothing
    • Building Habitat houses
    • Tutoring children
    • And so much more
  • Church Council
    • Salaries and Benefits
    • Debt Service
    • Utilities
    • Office Expense
    • Building Maintenance
        • What is the heritage of our United Methodist Connectional Giving?
  • OUR BIBLICAL TRADTION
    • Offers many examples of giving as grateful response to God
    • Contains teachings about responsibility to share with others
    • Includes warnings against selfishness and misuse of economic resources
    • Extends concern for others into the whole world
  • Luke 3:10-11, NRSV
  • OUR WESLEYAN TRADITION
    • Wesley urged those in connection with him to “Earn all you can and save all you can, so that you can give all you can.”
    • Wesley modeled modest living and sacrificial giving.
    • Class offerings in Wesley’s day were taken for outreach.
    • This practice was repeated in the United States
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  • The Book of Discipline Speaks…
    • “ Each and every year, United Methodists... in every local U.M. church shall remit all apportionments in full….”
    • (As spoken by God to John Wesley and recorded in the Book of Discipline, 1784, and interpreted afresh to each new generation by your bishop, your D.S., your conference treasurer and the pastor.)
    “ Show Me the Money! ”
  • Apportionments are one “outward and visible sign” of the connection in United Methodism.
  • 84.3 cents: Local church 3.3 cents: General Church, including United Methodist Women 12.4 cents: Annual Conference, district, episcopal area and jurisdiction Where the average local church expense dollar goes!
        • Discover the exciting ministries made possible through our United Methodist connectional giving!
  • Sharing God’s Gifts Serving Christ Through Our United Methodist Connectional Giving Conference Benevolences Apportioned Funds World Service, General Administration, Episcopal, Africa University, Black College, Ministerial Education and Interdenominational Cooperation Churchwide Special Sundays with Offerings Human Relations Day, One Great Hour of Sharing, Native American Ministries Sunday , Peace with Justice Sunday, World Communion Sunday, United Methodist Student Day Designated Giving Opportunities The Advance for Christ and His Church World Service Special Gifts Complete information is available at www.umcgiving.org
    • Through the World Service Fund, we:
    • Undergird our network of missionaries serving around the world
    • Strengthen evangelism efforts, stimulate church growth, expand Bible studies and nurture spiritual development
    • Enrich our congregational life with worship, retreat and camping resources, leadership development and stewardship training
    • Provide leadership and coordination for denominational youth ministry
    • Continue nearly 200 years of commitment to higher education
    • Equip and nurture our lay leaders through education and professional support
    • Support a program of chaplain certification
    • Certify UM professional Christian educators, communicators and musicians
    • Assure United Methodists advocate and help build a just world.
    • Fund our denomination’s presence in the mass media
    • Support ministries of peace and justice and efforts to build a truly inclusive church and a society
    For more information, go to www.umcgiving.org World Service Fund Apportionment
    • Through the Episcopal Fund, we:
    • Pay the salaries of our bishops
    • Pay episcopal office expenses
    • Recompense 67 percent of the costs for episcopal residences
    • Provide pension and health-care benefit for bishops and their families
    • Cover costs of episcopal travel
    • Defray moving expenses of bishops
    • Provide pensions for retired bishops and surviving spouses, and minor children of deceased bishops
    Episcopal Fund Apportionment
    • Through the General Administration Fund, we :
    • Operate a system of administrative oversight and fiscal accountability
    • Underwrite the legislative work of General Conference
    • Fund the work of the Judicial Council
    • Maintain United Methodism’s official documents and historical artifacts
    • Designate historical shrines, landmarks and sites
    For more information, go to www.umcgiving.org General Administration Fund Apportionment
  • Working at his desk in an office complex in Harare, Zimbabwe, Edwin Ngonyamo looks like a typical manager. Get him talking poultry and it's a different story altogether. He loves his work and credits Africa University with making him good at it.
    • Through the Africa University Fund, we:
    • Continue the development of the first private university for men and women in sub-Saharan Africa
    • Offer post-secondary education for students through schools of agriculture and natural resources, management and administration, education, humanities, social sciences and theology
    • Provide a higher education of excellent quality to nurture students in Christian values and to help the nations of Africa develop the leaders of the future
    I'm working in Kenya, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana, Angola. … Everywhere I go, I call on classmates and a growing network of Africa University alumni," he says. Africa University Fund Apportionment
  • Bennett College Greensboro, N.C. * Bethune-Cookman College Daytona Beach, FL. Claflin University Orangeburg, S.C. * Clark-Atlanta University Atlanta, GA. Dillard University New Orleans, LA. * Huston-Tillotson College Austin, TX. Meharry Medical College Nashville, TN. * Paine College Augusta, GA. Philander Smith College Little Rock, AR. * Rust College Holly Springs, MS. Wiley College Marshall, TX. Historically Black Colleges of The United Methodist Church
    • Through the Black College Fund, we:
    • Help these institutions maintain challenging academic programs, strong faculties and well-equipped buildings
    • Create vibrant spiritual environments
    • Encourage pride and self-esteem
    • Prepare and educate people for the new global and technological world
    • Strive for academic excellence based on the Christian perspective of community service and social responsibility.
    Black College Fund Apportionment
  • The 13 U.M. Seminaries Boston University School of Theology , Boston Candler School of Theology, Emory University , Atlanta Claremont School of Theology , Claremont, CA Drew University, The Theological School , Madison, N. J. Duke University, The Divinity School , Durham, N.C. Gammon Theological Seminary , Atlanta Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary , Evanston, IL Illiff School of Theology , Denver Methodist Theological School in Ohio , Delaware, OH Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University , Dallas Saint Paul School of Theology , Kansas City, MO United Theological Seminary , Dayton, OH Wesley Theological Seminary , Washington, D.C. Thirteen U.M. Seminaries
    • Through the MEF, we:
    • Support a trained and educated clergy
    • Equip annual conferences to meet the needs of those in the ministry
    Ministerial Education Fund Apportionment
  • With other Christians, we declare the essential oneness of the church of Jesus Christ and seek to participate in the experiences and insights of sharing with other denominations and churches our common faith in Jesus Christ.
    • Through the Interdenominational Cooperation Fund, we:
    • Enable United Methodists to have an effective presence in the following ecumenical organizations:
      • Churches Uniting in Christ
      • World Methodist Council
      • Commission on Pan-Methodist Cooperation
      • World Council of Churches
      • National Council of Churches
    • Provide the U.M. share of budgets for those organizations
    • Fund participation of UM representatives at meetings of these organizations
    Interdenominational Cooperation Fund Apportionment "Ecumenical formation, the need to develop future generations of ecumenical leadership, will continue to be a top priority of our commission," The Rev. Larry Pickens, General Secretary, Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns
  • For more information about the special Sundays with offerings, visit www.umcgiving.org.
  • Unique Features: Today, through the Advance, United Methodists are in mission in 100 countries around the world and in the US. Individuals, groups and congregations may choose from among 2,000 ministries, each carefully evaluated and approved. The Advance for Christ and His Church
    • 100% of your giving to the Advance goes to the ministry you designate.
    • Advance administrative costs are funded from World Service and other sources.
    • Advance giving is completely voluntary and is in addition to apportioned funds support.
    • Advance giving is called “second mile” giving because the “first mile” is for local churches to pay 100% of World Service and conference benevolences.
  • How United Methodist Connectional Giving Is Apportioned
  • General Conference determines a spending plan for 2005-08 General Conference apportions spending plan to annual conferences based upon a formula approved by General Conference. Annual conferences apportions to local churches based upon a formula approved by the annual conference. Local churches receives tithes and offerings every week. Local churches remits its conference and general church apportionments to conference treasurer. Conference treasurer sends general church apportionments to the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA). GCFA credits the general boards and agencies for their appropriate amount based on the spending plan. For More Information about this process, go to www.gcfa.org
  • The Structure of The United Methodist Church Organized for ministry at several levels that maintain “connectional” links to one another The Local Church Bishops Conferences General Jurisdictional Annual Charge Judicial Council General Boards and Agencies
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        • Increasing our giving by 1 percentage point per year
  • Demonstrating the Impact of Increasing United Methodist Household Giving By… 1% Point
  • A Membership Snapshot of The United Methodist Church
  • A Financial Stewardship Snapshot of The United Methodist Church Source: 2002 General Minutes Total Number of Churches 35,275 Grand Total Given $5,043,693,838 Average Total Given Per Church $142,982 Average Giving Per Member $607.79
  • Calculating United Methodist Giving Potential
  • The Impact of Raising UM Average Household Giving by 1%
    • Ways to Increase United Methodist Household Giving 1% Between 2005-08
        • Be faithful stewards of our personal wealth by increasing our own giving by at least 1% per year for 2005-08.
        • Engage, inform and inspire our congregations about the ministries that are possible if we increase our giving by 1%.
        • Challenge the administrative leadership of our congregations to remit 100% of conference and general church apportionments if currently not doing so.
        • Challenge the administrative leadership of our congregations to remit 101% of conference and general church apportionments if currently remitting 100%.
        • Challenge our congregations to observe the six churchwide Special Sundays with offerings by giving $1.00 per member per Special Sunday which would mean approximately $50 million for these ministries.
        • Challenge our congregations to support at least one Advance project per year.
        • Ask how we can help to tell the story of connectional giving in our congregations, districts and conferences.
        • Suggest new, innovative ways that UMCom can engage, inform and inspire our congregations about giving.
        • Pray that we and all the people of The United Methodist Church will open our hearts, minds, doors, and wallets to the needs of God’s people everywhere.
  • United Methodists Are Unequivocally Connected Together In the Mission of Making Disciples for Jesus Christ
  • Visit United Methodist Giving Website www.umcgiving.org
  • United Methodist Communications Connectional Giving Team P.O. Box 320 Nashville, TN 37202-0320 Barbara Dunlap-Berg (615)742-5489 [email_address] Celinda Hughes (615) 742-5109 [email_address] Kent McNish (615) 742-5142 [email_address] Tracy Wood (615) 742-5117 [email_address]
  • Ordering Resources
    • To order resources about the connectional giving of The United Methodist Church:
    • Call Toll Free 1 (888) 346-3862 (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Central Time) Monday-Friday.
    • Fax orders anytime to: 1 (615) 742-5499
    • Mail orders to:
    • United Methodist Communications
    • P.O. Box 320
    • Nashville, TN 37202-0320
    • Order online: www.umcgiving.org
    • For more information about The United Methodist Church, call InfoServ 1 (8000 251-8140 or email infoserv@umcom.org
  • Informative Websites Related to United Methodist Giving
    • www.umc.org
    • www.umcgiving.org
    • www.gcfa.org
    • http://www.gbod.org/stewardship/
    • http://gbgm-umc.org/umcor/
    • http://gbgm-umc.org/advance/
    • http://gbgm-umc.org
    • http://www.gbhem.org/bcf/
    • http://www.gbhem.org
    • http://www.africau.edu/
    • http://www.umcgiving.org/content/MEF/default.asp
    • http://www.gccuic.org/
    • http://www.umc-gbcs.org/
  • Serving God Through Our United Methodist Connectional Giving