“As generous distributors of God’s manifold grace, put your gifts at the service of one another …” – 1 Peter 4:10
I am pleased to announce that for the second year since becoming the New England Conference we have paid 100 percent toward our General Church Apportionment.
On behalf of the New England Conference, I would like to offer congratulations and thanks to the 339 churches (up from 333 last year) that paid 100 percent or more of their mission shares. We are grateful to all of the churches that paid as they were able; thank you.
Our churches’ commitment to connectional giving is something to celebrate. Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar, the Cabinet, and the Conference Council on Finance and Administration share that commitment, and paying 100 percent of our apportionment demonstrates that.
Unfortunately, we could not fulfill this vital obligation to support the work of the church worldwide through mission shares alone. It was necessary to supplement what we received in mission shares by drawing $325,000 from our reserve funds. We were able to partially offset this by lower expenses in other mission share areas, primarily in retiree health insurance, but we were still $162,580 short of what was needed.
The Conference received 76.2 percent of mission share receipts in 2015. That’s a 1.8 percentage point increase from 2014, but a 2.7 percent decrease from 2013.
In 2015, we had more churches paying 100 percent of mission shares and received a higher percentage of mission shares than the year before. That’s great news, and we need to keep that trend going.
As members of a connectional church, we are able to be in ministry in New England, across the country and the world in ways that we could not hope to be without each other’s support. Our ministries are making disciples for the transformation of the world, and connectional giving is the foundation of that work.
Our Conference apportionment of $1,568,621 supports the following:
- World Service Fund
- Ministerial Education Fund
- Episcopal Fund
- Black College Fund
- Interdenominational Cooperation Fund
- Africa University Fund
- General Administration Fund
Back home in New England, mission shares support a wide range of ministries and opportunities. Here are some examples: