This week the North Georgia Conference Council on Finance and Administration (CFA) met via online conference to discuss a recommended 2021 Conference budget.
Serving as the steward of our Conference’s financial resources, CFA underwrites the ministry needs of the annual conference and the global denomination while prioritizing the work of the local church. The council prayerfully considered budget requests within the reality of finite resources. The construction of the 2021 budget occurred against the backdrop of proposed legislation before General Conference 2020 and the COVID-19 crisis.
CFA took a conservative approach to the recommended 2021 budget, seeking to reduce apportionments at the local church level through reductions in budget line items and utilization of reserve funds.
By meetings end, they had developed a recommended 2021 budget of $16,976,101 or $4,008,548 less than the 2020 budget. General Church line items decreased 19.3%. The North Georgia Conference portion of the budget decreased 19.1%. In addition, individuals and agencies will be asked to utilize 80% of their approved budget requests based on an ongoing evaluation of apportionment receipts in the coming year (excluding compensation and benefits paid at 100%).
"Through faithful stewardship, the North Georgia Annual Conference is blessed to have a healthy balance sheet and significant reserves. Our liquidity position is sound," said CFA Chair Rev. Bill R. Burch. "Our goal is to support the mission of The United Methodist Church to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world."
The recommended budget will be presented to and voted on by the 2020 North Georgia Annual Conference.