One of the unique and defining factors of the United Methodist Church is that we are Connectional. One way we show this connection is through apportioned giving.
Apportioned giving is a term which describes how the money you give to your church each week is divided and distributed throughout the United Methodist Church. Through you and your support of apportioned giving, we are able to participate in the ministry and mission of the United Methodist Church both locally and around the world.
We don’t think of money as something that travels. It has neither hands to grip the steering wheel of a car, nor feet to traipse across the countryside. But, United Methodist money does move. It travels, and our apportioned giving system is the fuel.
As United Methodists, we hold the map – the ministry map – a guide that shows the path of our benevolence. And through the direction of the Holy Spirit, we are able to chart new courses and forge ahead in ministry.
Your giving travels from the collection plate, through your church doors, onto the pavement, and out into the world.
Apportioned giving is a term which describes how the money you give to your church each week is divided and distributed throughout the United Methodist Church. Apportionments are fuel for ministry. They enable us to share the concerns of many people.
When we work together as God’s children and pool our giving, we are able to see the word ‘apportionment’ not as a constricting budget item but as a vehicle bringing God’s grace into our churches, our conference, and beyond.
Good question! When you give to your local United Methodist Church, your giving is divided into many pieces, and travels to many different places. It generally goes to support three significant areas listed below.
(Based on 2020 "Table III" Report, and the 2022 Conference Budget)
The largest part of your giving stays in your church, supporting and upholding its ministry and mission. Be sure to ask your church staff about how your giving is used in your church and your community.
A smaller portion of your giving (2.3%) travels to fund ministries in the Southeast and around the world through the General and Jurisdictional Church Funds.
And finally, another part of your giving (4.5%) travels to support the ministries performed by the boards, committees, commissions, agencies, and the staff of the North Georgia United Methodist Conference. Your giving goes to support the areas listed below. Explore the links below to find out more about these ministry areas:
Connectional Ministries Office
Board of Laity
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