UMCSC poised to hit 94 percent apportionments goal (for 2017)
Apportionment dollars support a variety of missions and ministries supported by the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church, from congregational development and pastor salaries to campus ministries, retirement homes, camps and youth programming.
“I continue to be thankful for the spiritual commitment of the UMCSC,” said the Rev. Mitch Houston, chair of the conference Council on Finance and Administration. “They take seriously being the hands, feet, voice and heart of the Gospel in so many ways.”
The Rev. Chris Lollis, pastor of Trinity UMC, Darlington, said he knows many churches struggle to pay 100 percent of their apportionments, and Trinity struggles with that.
“It isn’t that Trinity doesn’t want to pay, but the decline in the church makes it impossible,” Lollis said. “However, we have made a commitment to increase our apportionment payments each year. This year it has been a challenge, but we continue to stretch ourselves.”
Lollis said it is important for churches to pay apportionments because it allows the UMC to do much more than it could individually.
“There is power in the connection,” Lollis said. “I currently serve on the Commission on Equitable Compensation. In this area I have seen firsthand how apportionment dollars help local churches to be in fruitful ministry. Without the apportionment dollars, some great ministries/churches might not exist.”
As Greg Adams mentioned last week were are a smaller church. But each year we have continue to step up and pay our budgeted apportionment. Last week you had a bulletin insert which highlighted our financial challenge. It explained in detail each area of the National United Methodist Church apportionment giving. Here is a list of the SC Conference budget lines which includes our District Office directed by Joe Long, Jr. Our annual commitment in 2017 is $28,157. As our church numbers have decreased so has this commitment. In 2011 we paid $37,801.
Here are the South Carolina apportionment budget line items:
District Office Parsonage
District superintendent’s compensation
Methodist Homes Residents; Assistance
Retiree Health Insurance Grants
Senior college Scholarships
Spartanburg Methodist College
This is quite a list of ministries, programs and personnel that we support within our home state. We have been blessed each year as our congregation has been able to meet this budget challenge. Over the next few weeks I will continue to give you updates. Parker Carter our church treasurer has reported stronger offerings the past two weeks. But he will wait to see if this Sunday’s offering numbers are strong enough to cover this month’s payroll before making any apportionment payments. Thank you.
Steve Nyberg, Stewardship/Finance Chairperson