Dear Pastors, Church Council Chairs, 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 keenly 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 2018 year collecting 87% of all apportionments. 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 funding of administrative costs. But the reality is that apportionments fund healthcare for our retired clergy, community outreach programs such as food kitchens and warming shelters, our Archives and Parish Development activities and the global missions of our denomination in addition to many other areas.
Approximately 22% 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
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 2018 apportionments whether partially or in full. I hope you will agree that it is money well spent.
Here to serve the clergy and laity of the New York Annual Conference