Fitting the Budget Together
Each March the Council on Finance and Administration (CF&A), which is made up of both clergy and laity, holds a day of budget hearings. At this meeting all committees, commissions, agencies and departments of the conference have the opportunity to present budget requests. CF&A studies and incorporates those requests and then prepares an overall budget for the conference.
That budget is presented at the conference’s annual June gathering, where it is approved – sometimes after modifications are made. The conference treasurer’s office apportions the budget to the approximately 420 churches within the conference. Contrary to popular belief, apportionments are not based upon membership statistics. Rather, they are based upon expenses of the local church on a two-year lag. So for example, the 2022 apportionments are based upon expenses for the local church during 2020, which are reported to the conference in 2021.
The New York Annual Conference 2022 budgeted expenses are $8,799,103. This is offset $810,981 from registration fees and other sources of funding such as endowments, and an additional offset of $469,785 is coming from the CF&A reserve. The remaining $7,518,337 comes from apportionments and this chart represents where the total apportionment dollars go.
26.4% or $1,985,920 – General Church & NEJ Apportionments: Funds the World Service Fund, Ministerial Education Fund, Episcopal Fund, Black College Fund, General Administration Fund, Africa University Fund, Interdenominational Cooperation Fund and the Northeastern Jurisdiction.
23.8% or $1,791,496 – Conference Programs: Funds Connectional Ministries, Conference Benevolences, Congregational Development & Church Revitalization, Disaster Response, Mission & Outreach, Justice for Our Neighbors, website (www.nyac.com), church training programs, district programs (campus, youth, ecumenical, & justice ministries) and grants for local programs.
18.9% or $1,421,159 – District Superintendents: Funds the salaries, benefits, professional expenses and office expenses for our six Superintendents and their staff. Also funds the cost of six district parsonages.
13.5% or $1,015,878 – Conference Administration: Funds the Finance office, Conference Center in White Plains, a portion of Bishop’s office/housing, Bishop’s Assistant, publication of Journals and Directories, Conference Secretary and contingencies.
10% or $751,718 – Conference Boards & Committees: Funds Conference Sessions, Board of Trustees, Camping & Retreat Ministries, Board of Ordained Ministry, Commission on Archives & History & other committees.
6.38% or $479,950 – Other Clergy Support: Funds the cost of salaries supplements for struggling churches, clergy recruitment / assistance / transitional support, emergency aid and move costs.
0.96% or $72,216 – Clergy Health Benefits: Funds the costs of Healthcare Reimbursement Accounts for retirees and health coverage for those on incapacity leave. Partially subsidized by BOPHB contribution to retiree medical benefits for 2022.
$0 – Reserve for Full Funding: Recognizes that full budget is not collected via apportionments. Ensures that certain required payments can be funded (e.g. payroll, benefits, taxes for conference staff and retiree healthcare). For fiscal year 2022, the reserve for full funding is coming from CF&A reserves.
$0 – Parish Development: Funds grants to local churches for new missional projects & community programs. About half is prioritized for ethnic ministry projects & programs. The $350k total is offset by $350k Parish Development Committee Strategic Plan Funds from outside the conference budget.
Total 2022 Budget: $7,518,336