Thank you!

Thank you!


Ross Williams

1/28/2016

Dear Pastors, Finance Chairs and Treasurers,

I would like to take this opportunity to say "thanks" for your tremendous commitment in honoring the work of our connectional church.  As a former church treasurer, finance chair and stewardship chair I am very aware of what it means for a church to pay their conference apportionments.  It is not a trivial accomplishment, especially in what have been challenging economic times.  We ended the year collecting 88.4% of all apportionments, which is two percentage points above last year.  Please note that this does not mean that your church did not pay 100%.  For those that did, Faithful in Ministry certificates will be given to your District Superintendent to present to your church at your next Charge Conference.  

Conference apportionments can sometimes be perceived as a tax or the funding only of administrative costs.  But the reality is that apportionments fund the costs to care for our retired clergy, underwrite community outreach such as food kitchens and after school programs, fund Conference resources such as our Archives and Parish Development activities and fund the global missions of our denomination.

Approximately 25% of all apportionment dollars sent to the Conference are re-directed to the general church to support the seven funds listed below.  
• World Service Fund
• Ministerial Education Fund
• Episcopal Fund
• Black College Fund
• General Administration Fund
• Africa University Fund
• Interdenominational Cooperation Fund

Should you have any questions about how apportionments work or how these funds carry out the mission of the denomination, please refer to the attached slides.

Again, I want to thank all of you who have paid your 2015 apportionments whether partially or in full.  I hope you will agree that it is money well spent.

Sincerely,
Ross
Here to serve the clergy and laity of the New York Annual Conference