The council on finance and administration (CFA) serves the conference just as the finance committee serves the local church. The CFA is responsible for receiving budget requests from all aspects of the conference, jurisdiction and General Church.
Each year, a budget is prepared for annual conference by the CFA, taking into consideration what the council believes the local churches can support. The budget is presented to annual conference for approval. CFA apportions the approved budget to local churches according to a precise formula. The council then is responsible for monitoring the budget’s achievement including the receipts and disbursements.
CFA looks at the budget as gas that runs the conference's car, or ministry. It is the job of the council to see that there is fuel in the vehicle to accomplish the mission and ministry work the conference decides to do. It is not the job of CFA to decide what mission and ministry work will be done. That is the job of annual conference.