As United Methodists we are all called to minister to our local community. But we’re not in ministry alone.Trinity UMC is a connectional church.
Which is part of the Chicago Southern District, home to 52 churches and growing!Located in 30 different Chicago neighborhoods and 20 south, west, and south-west side suburbs; from the Loop in the north, Western Springs in the west, and stretching south all the way to Crete and University Park.
But it doesn’t end with Northern Illinois. We are part of Christ’s global church, with members numbering in the millions located around the world. As a global church, we have a global mission: As the United Methodist Church our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.Individually we can only minister to a small area, but as a connectional church supported through our connectional giving, we can truly live out our mission.There our 100’s of thousands if not millions of ministries being carried out by United Methodist around the world in support of our mission.It is our connectional giving through Apportionments that connects us all to each and every one of those ministries.
Our shared ministry is funded through Apportionments.In the Northern Illinois Conference there are Three Apportioned Funds. The amount each church is asked to contribute to the three funds is called their Apportionment, and its based on a specific formula.The formula matches expenses on the local church level to similar ministries on the District, Conference, Jurisdiction, and Global Church levels. In this way, a percentage of what a local church spends in 3 categories is extended into similar ministries. Just as we give to support our local churches’ ministry to the local community and beyond, so our local church gives a share to support ministries around the conference and the world. This why Apportionments are some times called “A Portion Meant” for others. When a church decides use its financial resources in one area, Pastoral Leadership, for example, and additional share is requested to support Pastoral Leadership on the conference and global levels of the Church.
The first apportioned fund provides Support for our Ordained Leaders. (read on slide)
The second apportioned fund is focused on Mission & Evangelism. (read on slide)
The last apportioned fund strengthens the church on all levels. (read on slide)
About 25% of the Apportionment goes the seven general church Apportioned funds, while the other 75% stays here in our conference.The Seven General Funds are:The World Service Fund (which according to our Book of Discipline is the first benevolent giving responsibility of the local church)The Episcopal FundThe Ministerial Education FundThe Black College FundThe Interdenominational Cooperation FundAfrica UniversityAnd the General Administration Fund
Of that 75% of Apportionment dollars that remain here in our conference, about 20% provides supports for Ordained Leadership through (read list)
11% of apportionment dollars remaining here in the conference support:[Video] How do we tell the story?Journey churchRed Line ministries
Finally, about 28% of apportionment dollars help to fund:
It is important to remember that Apportionments represent the first-mile of our connectional giving. Apportionment dollars lay the foundation for our transforming ministries being carried out around the world.
Our second mile gifts are 100% designated, meaning we chose where the dollars are directed. And, because of our support of Apportionments, we know that 100% of our gifts go to the mission or ministry we designated and not to administrative costs.
Our connectional giving also encompasses the sixe United Methodist Special Sunday Offerings (Human Relations day, one great hour of sharing, native-American ministries Sunday, peace with justice Sunday, world communion Sunday, and student day)Plus, we recognize 4 Conference Special Sunday Offerings: United Voices for Children (5th Sunday Appeal)Golden Cross Sunday Access SundayHIV/AIDS Awareness Sunday
The first way you can promote Apportionment giving in your local church is by learning more about apportionments yourself!www.UMCgiving.org has copious resources related to the Seven General Church Apportionments, Special Sunday Offerings, and second-mile giving opportunities.This includes stories, bulletin inserts, posters, DVD’s, offertory prayers, and more.
These Print resources can be ordered from UMCOM (see last link in previous slide)Each of these resources would great in a small group or Sunday school class setting.
Some other ways to promote Connectional giving in your local church:Take a moment for mission during worship each week to remind ourselves about the work of the church going on around the world.Start a regular feature in your bulletin or newsletter celebrating connectional giving.Dedicate a bulletin board celebrating connectional giving with stories and pictures from the Report or other denominational resources.Invite your District Superintendent to share some examples of how apportioned giving is helping churches in your district.Establish a covenant relationship with a United Methodist missionary and learn about their work in the mission field.Incorporate connectional giving in your stewardship campaigns and special fundraisers, or plan a special fundraising event with proceeds benefiting your church’s Apportionment.What other ways does your church promote apportionments?What other resources would your church like to have?
Chicago trinity apportionment presentation
“At present, however, I am going to Jerusalem in ministry tothe saints; for Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased toshare their resources with the poor among the saints inJerusalem. They were pleased to do this, for if [they] havecome to share the spiritual blessings, they ought also to be ofservice to them in material things.” Romans 15:25-27 (NRSV)
United Methodists believe that each of us is called to participate in the ministry of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
• Day-to-day witness and outreach from over 45,000 clergy members and 1,200 deacons, and 11.5 million lay members in 100 different countries! 2008 General Minutes
• 225 retirement homes and long-term care facilities• 50 children’s homes
• 70 hospitals and health-care facilities• 113 colleges, universities and seminaries
Support for Mission & Strength- Ordained Evangelism ening the Fund # 2 Fund # 3Fund # 1 Leadership Connection
- Based on clergy related expenses, includingSupport for Ordained salary, benefits, housing allowances etc. - Provides support to clergy, thru District offices and DistrictLeadership Superintendents, moving costs, equitable compensation, and scholarships to attend seminary.
- Based on expenses for other staff members, deacons, programs, admin istration, and all other operationalEvangelism costs.Mission & - Supports New Church development, Programming, vital mission and ministries at all levels of the church.
- Based on the total operation budget of the local church (excluding capitalStrengthening the and debt expenditures). - Strengthens the connection at allConnection levels of the Church thru General and Annual Conference sessions, and NIC, NJC, UMC administrative costs.
• 6 District Superintendents• 3 District Administrators• District Training Events• Clergy Moving Costs• Equitable Compensation• Emergency Support for local churches
• New Church Development• Church Redevelopment• Outdoor & Retreat Ministries• Campus ministry• Conference Programming• Outreach & Advocacy