By Dr. Derek McAleer
Ever wonder how the average dollar given to a local United Methodist Church in South Georgia gets spent? I took a look at the statistical tables filed by our local churches for 2021, and came up with some basic information. Here's a chart:
According to the reports filed by local churches themselves, the average local church in South Georgia kept 91 cents of every dollar for local church use, or to share with local church and other missions outside of UMC channels. Another 3/4 cent was given to conference or general church advance specials, which the local church chose. About 1 1/4 cents was given to local district missions and operations through the District Apportionments. The remaining 7 cents went to conference and general church apportionments.
I have this info, plus many more details, in various downloadable files below. The Excel spreadsheet has everything. I have also pulled different pieces out into .pdf files which you can easily download for printing and sharing.
I hope this helps you as you consider how God is calling your church to allocate the resources available to you as you plan your local church budget for 2023 and 2024.