This is not really a hot topic...but some people do want to know more! So here is there opportunity. Also this year we are wanting to make paying our apportionments throughout the year a priority, and with your continued giving we can!
As United Methodist we are a connectional church, and apportionments are a way of supporting our connection. We have three main areas of apportionments: Conference Ministries, Conference Missions, and General Church Apportionments. Just like individual churches do not decide how much our apportionments are, we as a conference do not get to decide how much our General Church Apportionments are as they are set at General Conference (meets every 4 years and is our governing body).
The hall way in the church will also have where we are currently in our payment of apportionments for this year to track our progress.
To not put everyone on information overload about apportionments; we will just go more in depth in this post about Conference Missions.
So what does our Conference missions support? This are supports a total of 15 different areas, with four of them receiving the bulk of the funds. They are: the Board of Camps, Conference and Retreat Ministries (25.5%); Board of Discipleship (20.6%); Board of Global Ministries (23.2%); and the Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry (20.8%).
Board of Camps, Conference and Retreat Ministries:
We currently have three United Methodist camps in Iowa (Okoboji, Wesley Woods, and Pictured Rocks). Their apportioned funds will be going towards camping scholarships, improvements, maintenance, and marketing.
Board of Discipleship:
This board focuses on equipping leaders and local churches in the areas of Christian Education, Evangelism, Spiritual Formation, Stewardship, and Worship. Their apportionment request go towards each of those areas to either provide training or to provide scholarships to person to receive training in those areas.
Board of Global Ministries:
This board has nine standing committees that it oversees: Parish Development, Committee on Community and Institutional Ministries; Mission Education; Hispanic/Latino Ministries; Iowa Volunteers in Mission; Iowa-Nigeria Partnership; Disaster Preparedness and Response; Justice for Our Neighbors; and Mission Personnel. As you can see this board has a far reaching impact into revitalizing existing congregations to starting new church starts, to ministries with minorities, the disenfranchised, and those who have been affected by natural disasters.
Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry:
Equipping young adults to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ toward becoming spiritual leaders who will transform the church and the world is the task of this board. There are 4 United Methodist related colleges in Iowa (14% of the apportioned funds), and 4 Campus Ministries-Wesley Foundations (85% of the apportioned funds with another 1% going for evaluations of the Wesley Foundations).
The amount that we are apportioned for the Conference Missions of our apportionments is: $8,881.28.
Have more questions about the conference missions section of our apportionments, or about our apportionments in general feel free to leave a comment below or send me an email! Thank you for continued support of our church's budget which enables us to continue making payments towards our apportionments!
My husband, Allan, and I moved to Estherville in June of 2015. We are excited to be here, and to be in ministry with Estherville UMC!