Bishop and Annual Conference,It is customary for the Council on Finance and Administration to present its Initial Report at this jucnture of the annual conference session. As president of the Council, I am honored to present certain financial information about our connection of churches that makes up the conference. These dollars and cents represent the faith and generosity of our people in the midst of challlenging times. And we are ever grateful for these financial gifts… these gifts truly make a difference in the world…
So, thank you West Michigan….. (refer/read slide..)After serving 8 years on the Council, I would like to thank you and the council for this privilege; and to recognize members of the Council, (read names)
Now, I would like to start with the total expense dollars in our churches and where they go. The sum of Table II reports show a total of almost $74 million expenditures by all our churches. 90% of these stays in the local church as shown on this slide…
The remaining 10% go to conference and district ministry shares and designated gifts to the conference Six-Lanes and other advance specials. Every dollar of these $1.5million for six-lanes and advance specials go the ministries designated by the churches. $4milliion support the programs and ministries of the conference. $1.7 million go to the general church as the conference share of the worldwide ministry of the UMC. The remaining half million go to districts ministries.
From the offering plate out of the church doors into the world… Your giving to Ministry shares and to the advance specials make a difference to people we will never meet and to places we will not see. Here is a history of generous giving to conference ministry shares, district ministries and designated gifts to advance specials. By the way, Advance special is a short hand for funds that are designated to “Advance the love and grace of Jesus in the world”.
While dollars of ministry shares receipts are generally level, the percentage receipts are not because the conference budget has been steadily decreasing.
You can see that there is opportunity for close to half of our churches to improve their giving and to move into the 100% territory.
We are hopeful that the decrease in 100% givers will be reversed.
This chart is another way to analyze where the support of ministry shares come. As you can see the shortest bar shows 6 churches giving $623,600 and the longest bar represent 110 churches giving approx. the same amount of $623,600. But as the Bible says “to whom much as given, much is expected.”
This is a graphic of the percentage paid by churches and their respective membership size. You will notice a big cluster on the 100% vertical mark. That’s where the 273 churches are clustered. Where the “diamonds” located on the vertical axis represent their membership size. To the left of the 100% mark are churches giving less than 100%.
Here is another way to “dissect” giving to ministry shares. This is also a reflection of the areas of financial strength and challenges among our churches.
We’ve talked about where the dollars come. Now, let’s see where the ministry shares dollars go..(see the slide) Further breakdown on the following slides…
26% go to the superintendency and support of our ministers. 18% of ministry shares go enable the ministries of our 6 district superintendents as the provide leadership, nurture and oversight to our pastors and churches. 8% go to the provisioning of our ministers. Equitable compensation contribute to the maintain the minimum salaries of our elders in churches that are in transition and missional churches with ethnic congregations.
13% of ministry shares go to the ministries of administration. 3% is the conference contribution to support the office of the bishop and clergy assistant to the bishop. The other 10% provides for the conference treasurer’s office, the maintainance of conference property (of 5 camps, 4 DS parsonages, our portion of the bishop’s residence and the conference center. Portion of the conference session expenses, the archives of the conference and other legal and administrative expenses.
26% supports the conference connectional ministries, (as shown on the slide).
As I said in the beginning, we are not just about dollars and cents. For the mission of the annual conference is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. The church is the body of Christ in the world, the face that reflects the grace and love of Christ and the hands of Christ so that His will shall be done on earth as it is in heaven. In the ultimate analysis, we are not just fund raisers, but we are disciple raisers.
In the role of the Council to prepare the conference budget, we follow this budget process… which is a collaborative process.
In the midst of financial challenges, we are encouraged by God’s promise the faithful. We serve the God of the universe who created everything and to whom everything belongs. The God of utmost generosity who give His only Son for our salvation.
As disciples of Jesus Christ.. We give generously, etc…(see slide)
What if all members tithe? ….
We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. (Phil. 4:13). You will find more resources about our shared mission and ministries on the conference web site and hand outs in the lobby. Contact the treasurers office and the conference connection ministries office. Again, thank you.
Cfa initial report 2012
Council on Finance and Administration Initial Report 2012 1
Thank you, West Michigan! Your prayers and financial gifts truly make a difference to support our shared mission and ministries in making disciples of Jesus Christ and transforming the world. 2
Where our Church Expense Dollars Go…Total for all churches Table II $73,931,500(On average 90% stays in the local church) 17% 9% 8% 18% 1% 9% 3% 21% 4% Clergy Compensation & Expenses 21% $15,424,600 Clergy Pension & HC Benefits 9% $6,621,900 Other Staff Comp & Benefits 18% $13,404,500 Operating Expenses 17% $12,561,700 Debt Service 9% $6,774,800 Building & Equipment Improvements 8% $5,778,800 Giving directly to Non-UMC causes 1% $530,800 Giving directly to UMC causes 3% $1,931,900 3 Church programs 4% $3,178,500
Where Church Expense Dollars go…(On average 10% of Church expenses go to Conference and District Ministry Shares) 1% 2% 2% 5% Conference Six Lanes/Advance Specials 2% $1,487,100 Conference Programs & Ministries 5% $4,019,700 General Church Apportionment 2% $1,722,500 4 District Ministry Shares 1% $494,700
History of generous giving to the connection (Dollars in Thousands)10,000 9,000 8,000 7,000 6,000 5,000 4,000 3,000 2,000 1,000 - 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Ministry Shares District Funds Designated Gifts 5
Churches giving to Conference and DistrictsMinistry Shares $6,235,900 62paid50% or less 273 churches gave 100% or more 42 churches gave 70% or 28paid 50% more but less than 100% 42paid 70%+ 28 churches gave 50% or more but less than 70% 273 paid 100%+ 62 churches gave less than 50% 7
Number of Churches Giving 100% 310 300 290 280 270 260 250 240 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Number of Churches 8
Number of Churches Supporting10 % of the Budget & % Paid 10 110 35% 9 89 77% 8 59 82% 7 38 75% 6 35 93% 5 24 91% 4 20 99% 3 14 95% 2 10 100% 1 6 100.2% 0 50 100 150 9 Number of Churches Giving approx. $6,236,000
% Paid by Church Membership Size1,4001,2001,000 800 600 400 200 0 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% 120% 10
% Ministry Shares Paid by Membership SizeMembership Number of Churches % Paid Size Over 800 5 100.1%601 to 800 5 89.4%401 to 600 25 89.3%251 to 400 34 85.1%151 to 250 63 77.8%101 to 150 59 78.8% 51 to 100 99 84.6% Below 50 115 82.2% Total 406 11
Where Ministry Shares Dollars Go 26% 26% 13% 30% 5% Superintendency & Ministerial Support 26% $1,542,800 Conference and Area Administration 13% $753,300 New Church Development 5% $277,000 World Svc & General Church 30% $1,735,800 Conference Program Ministries 26% $1,498,100 12
Where Ministry Shares dollars go…Superintendency & Clergy support 26% 3% 1% 1% 3% 11% 7% District Superintendent Expenses 11% $683,200 District Offices and Staff Support 7% $416,700 Equitable Compensation Support 3% $184,100 Pastors Moving Expenses 3% 158,400 Health Care Support 1% $46,100 Board of Ordained Miinstry & Other Funds 1% $54,300 13
Where Ministry Shares dollars go…Conference & Area Administration 13% 2% 1% 3% 3% 4% Area Administration 3% $157,200 Treasurers Office 4% $253,500 Conference Properties-Board of Trustees 3% $178,200 Annual Conference Session 2% $92,100 Other Administrative Agencies 1% $86,000 14
Where Ministry Shares dollars go…Conference Connectional Ministries 26% 2% 1% 5% 10% 5% 3% Program Ministry Staff Office 10% $572,100 Board of Christian Camping 3% $155,200 Board of Global Ministries 5% $311,700 Board of Higher Ed 5% $308,800 Racial Ethnic Local Churches 2% $88,900 Communications & Other Program Agencies 1% $61,400 15
Our MissionTo make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. 16
Budget Process Budget expenditures within anticipated income. CFA determines anticipated income. Agencies provide CFA their budget request. CFA responds to budget requests in collaboration with Conf Leadership Team. Budget hearings as needed. CFA adjusts budget based on Table III Reports. 17
Be encouraged by God‟s promises…“Bring your full tithe in and see if I don‟t open up heaven itself to you and pour our blessings beyond your wildest dreams.” (Malachi 3:10)“You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” (2 Cor. 9:11) 18
A Disciple… Gives generously Lives out the spiritual discipline of tithing Is a cheerful giver Makes a difference in a hurting world by sharing God‟s gifts through our connectional system Together we can do much more than any one person or congregation. 19
God‟s abundance through us.„Visioning‟ a tithe… Example: When all members tithe.Total household givers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33,000Median Household Income , MI . . . . . . . . . .$40,000Local Churches‟ Income If all households tithe . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . $132,000,000Annual Conference Income 10% for Ministry Shares . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $13,200,000 20
Thank you, conference! Your gifts truly make a difference in making possible our shared mission and ministries in Michigan and around the world in making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world! 21