South Georgia Conference sees slight rise in apportionment giving
The 2011 financial books have closed, and the story is a slightly more positive one than in recent years.
United Methodist churches in the South Georgia Conference paid just over 81 percent of the conference adjusted budget. The total apportionments collected - $10,004,881 – were an almost $15,000 increase on 2010 apportionments paid.
The 81 percent paid on the nearly $12.3 million amended 2011 total conference budget means that almost $2.3 million were not collected. The Conference spent nearly 87 percent, or $10,637,202, of the amended budget of $12,272,099.
Of the 612 local churches in the South Georgia Conference, 408 paid 100 percent of their apportionments and an additional six churches paid more than 100 percent of their apportionments.
“The Council on Finance and Administration has heard about the need for the conference to reduce its spending and the amount we are asking churches to pay on apportionments,” Hagan said. “I am grateful that when the various conference offices were asked to reduce their spending, they responded positively and helped us cut our expenses. Our economy has not been very good these last few years, and I appreciate those who are committed to giving their share of the conference budget. These gifts help us as the Conference work to fulfill the mission and ministry of the United Methodist Church in Georgia, the United States and all around the world."
Apportionments support conference, district and global efforts to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Some of the conference ministries include the office of Connectional Ministries, which seeks to resource and support local churches in their disciple formation efforts, and New and Revitalized Congregational Development. On a global level, apportioned dollars support missionary deployment, discipleship resources and much more.