When Are Apportionments Due?
It is preferable that churches send in their apportionments on a monthly basis. The agencies and ministries which these apportionments support have monthly expenses, so a steady income enables them to focus on their ministry more readily.
If you receive special mission offerings intended for one of our agencies (Magnolia Manor, Vashti, Wesley Glen, Open Door Community Center, etc.), please send those funds on. These agencies often operate with VERY lean budgets, and your prompt gift will make a difference for them!
Many congregations have moved to the 10-month plan. They divide their annual askings into 10 equal payments. This allows them to skip a payment in July or August (which month has the lowest church income), and still make their final payment in November!
Online Payment of Apportionments
We now can accommodate online payment of apportionments. We partner with Vanco for our online payments, because we wanted to know that bank information was secure! Your church can pay their askings online from this webpage. (Note -- you can only pay via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT or ACH; we do not accept payments using credit or debit cards).
Your 6-digit GCFA # is your username; your 5-digit SGA church # is the password. You can find these numbers on your remittance form and benefits bill. For example, your statement night say "Church number 12345 (654321). The 6 digit number in parentheses is your username (654321), and the 5 digit number is your password (12345).
To remit the funds, you will need to establish an account with Vanco, our online payment vendor. When you click "pay" it will take you to a portal where you will either sign in to your already established Vanco account, or it will lead you to set up a Vanco account. You will use the routing and account numbers from your check in this process. Be sure to put your email address in when you set up the account, as your receipt for payment will be emailed to you directly from the vendor, within minutes of making your payment.
One peculiarity to note: Many of you will bookmark the online payment link after you log out. THAT WON'T WORK, as the logout page is subtly different from the login page. Click the link above, then bookmark it BEFORE you have logged in, if you want to save the link for future use.
Final Day for 2017 Askings
The Final Day for apportionments for the 2017 Calendar year will be Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. Our office has to send the funds on to the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) the next week, and it takes us a couple of days to process everything. Funds received after the deadline will be applied to your 2018 askings.
Once GCFA closes their books, we are UNABLE to send them money for 2017. So thank you for sending your funds in time to have them properly credited.
Questions About Your Apportionments or Monthly Statement?
Do you have questions about your apportionments, or about the monthly statement you receive from us? Need to know where you stand on your 6-Lane giving? Hunting for a mission fund number? Please contact Beth Acuff, who handles local church receipts for our office. Call her at 1-800-535-4224 (478-738-0048), or email her at email@example.com.
Looking for Information about Advance Mission Specials?
You'll find that on our Conference Advance Specials page.