As the entire nation tries to deal with a struggling economy, the Mississippi Conference Council on Finance and Administration has begun taking steps to get the most out of gifts from United Methodists.

One step likely to take place is the freezing of salaries paid by the conference for 2009. That recommendation will be presented to the CF&A when it meets Jan. 15 at the Mississippi United Methodist Foundation building in Ridgeland. The recommendation comes from the new Administrative subcommittee of CF&A. Those affected by the recommendation include district superintendents, conference staff and campus ministers. Endorsing the recommendation are senior members of the conference staff, Bishop Hope Morgan Ward and the district superintendents.

“CF&A will continue to provide good stewardship usage of the gracious gifts that come from the local churches” said David Stotts, conference treasurer. “CFA understands the economic situation of the conference and will be certain that spending will be kept in line with the receipts from the local churches. All of us are experiencing that in our local churches and we will do that in the conference level as we continue our shared ministry in resourcing the local churches in making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”