DID YOU KNOW
Funds raised on Miracle Sunday will go toward our annual Apportionment Obligation?
Apportionment Funds Help projects around the World!
Over the last few weeks and continuing through Sunday Nov. 10th our committee leaders have been sharing information about the main way we support the ministries of the church through our apportioned funds. This is a method of giving that proportionally allocates the church wide budget to conferences and local churches. For United Methodists this method of giving has become a strong, generous tradition.
Did You Know…the General Funds include:
- World Service Fund is the essential core of our global outreach ministry, underwriting Christian mis-sion around the world. By giving to World Service we empower United Methodist evangelistic ef-forts…stimulate Bible study and spiritual commitment…encourage church growth and discipleship…and help God’s children everywhere.
- Ministerial Education Fund – Men and women choose the ministry because God calls them. The Ministerial Education Fund is our way of helping them answer that divine call. Our United Methodist seminaries lead the effort to proclaim God’s word in a world desperately in need of that message.
- Episcopal Fund – Bishops have always had a very special role in our church…elected and consecrated to speak to the church…and from the church. The apostle Paul called it “a noble task,” but it is practi-cal, too, since our bishops oversee and promote the church’s spiritual and temporal interests as well.
- Black College Fund – The 11 U.S. historically Black colleges and universities supported by The Unit-ed Methodist Church have played a unique role in U.S. higher education. Their graduates—teachers and doctors, ministers and bishops, judges, artists and entrepreneurs—are leaders in the African-American community and in a rapidly changing, more diverse United States.
- Interdenominational Cooperation Fund – We United Methodists acknowledge that we are but a small part of the worldwide Christian church—the living body of Jesus Christ. Our unity with other Christian communions is affirmed as we witness to a common Christian faith, meet human suffering and advocate for peace and justice all over the world.
- Africa University Fund – This vital fund supports the only United Methodist-related, degree-granting university on the continent of Africa—serving students from 21 countries, all across the continent of Africa. Africa University provides higher education of excellent quality, enriched with Christian val-ues, for both men and women, developing visionary leaders of tomorrow
- General Administration Fund – This fund underwrites and finances general church activities that are administrative in nature, rather than program-related—like General Conference, the legislative branch of the church. General Council on Finance and Administration coordinates and administers the financ-es of the church, receives, disburses and accounts for the church’s general funds, safeguards the de-nomination’s legal interests and rights, compiles and publishes denominational statistics and maintains the church’s records.
November 17th is “Miracle Sunday”, and we are asking members to consider increasing their giving in the fourth quarter and designate that increase towards our Apportionment obligation. You can continue to give on any Sunday, or you can wait and designate your Apportionment gift on Miracle Sunday. We will an-nounce the success of this important campaign on Sunday, November 24th. Your faithful giving makes the heart-changing and world-transforming ministry of Jesus possible today. Because of your generosity, The United Methodist Church continues to share good news with the world God loves. Together, through our con-nected congregations, we accomplish what no single church, district or annual conference ever could hope to do alone. In this way, each individual, each family, each congregation gives a fair share for the church’s work. We combine our prayers, presence, gifts and service to make a significant difference in the lives of God’s children.