At the close of 2018, North Georgia United Methodist churches had paid 95.2 percent of the apportionment budget, the highest percentage paid in 18 years. Apportioned giving totaled $20,965,001.
Conference Treasurer Keith Cox celebrates the strong support of the connectional budget by our churches and notes that the payment percentage is indicative of an alignment between connectional giving and church budgets.
In addition, the North Georgia Conference paid the most General church apportionments of any Annual Conference. That marks 15 of the last 16 years as the highest paying Conference in United Methodism, according to the General Council on Finance and Administration.
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson celebrates the generosity of North Georgia United Methodists.
"I am so grateful for the tremendous support of our connection reflected in the apportionment giving. We are stronger together than apart, and we can do far more ministry in the name of Jesus Christ by combining our gifts and resources," said Bishop Sue. "It is an honor and privilege to be part of the North Georgia Annual Conference. I am impressed every day by your compassion and commitment to our common mission."
Rev. Bill Burch, chair of Conference Finance and Administration and Senior Pastor of Northside UMC, agrees.
"I am grateful for the gracious response of our North Georgia churches as we continue to fulfill the Lord's call to make Christian disciples in each of our congregations and communities," he said.
Find helpful resources on apportionment giving on the North Georgia Conference website at http://www.ngumc.org/giving.