2020 budget requests due March 1

January 09, 2019

It is time for the leaders and members of the New England Conference's programs, ministries, and agencies to start thinking about their budget requests for the 2020 fiscal year. Budget requests are due to the Conference Treasurer by March 1, 2019.

Our Conference budgeting process includes reviews by the Connectional Table and Conference Council on Finance and Administration (CCFA) for program ministries, and the CFA for administrative areas. Ultimately, CFA has responsibility for presenting a budget to the Annual

Need guidance?
If you have any questions or would like some assistance in preparing your budget request, please contact the staff liaison or Connectional Table liaison to your team or
Director of Connectional Ministries/Assistant to the Bishop Rev. Erica Robinson-Johnson at erica@neumc.org

Conference for approval in June.

To ensure your budget request receives thorough consideration, it is important to note the timeline and the expectations for requests.

In order to be good stewards of our resources and to keep our Mission Shares at reasonable levels, the Connectional Table and CFA review all program and discretionary requests to determine whether they meet with the mission, goals, critical values, and key objectives of the Strategic Plan. All areas are subject to the same review, and there is no guarantee of continued funding for long-standing programs and committees.

Therefore, it is imperative that you present your budget request with carefully considered and well-articulated written analyses in response to  the following questions. Please bear in mind that the Connectional Table would like to see evidence-based programs with proven and measurable effectiveness, not in simply counts of bodies and contacts. We are looking for transformation that moves toward our missional goals and objectives.

Please review the Conference’s Strategic Plan (Mission, Vision, Core Values, and Critical Issues), and in light of these, please answer the following:

  1. How does the identity and purpose of your group/program fit into the Conference’s Strategic Plan? Specifically link your mission to the Conference Mission, your Core Values with those of the Conference, and your Vision with that of the Conference. Recall that not every agency and program needs to meet all of our key objectives, but each should meet one or more well.
  2. Please describe how your mission builds asset-based relationships, inspires, supports and sustains diverse people to contribute to the well-being of the church in multi-dimensional collaborations.
  3. Please provide measurable outcomes of your work for the past year work for the years 2017-2018 compared to your stated goals/objectives.
  4. Please provide the measurable critical or key objectives of your work for the year 2020, and the measures and goals you hope to achieve.
  5. Present a narrative description of your proposed budget that integrates your assessment and answers to questions 1-3 with each spending component of your request.

These responses should be delivered to Conference Treasurer Bill Burnside at wburnside@neumc.org by March 1, 2019.

Failure to submit a request may result in a budget allocation of $0 for 2020.