Sessions will help churches interpret apportionments


One of the keys of connectionalism is apportioned giving, as United Methodists do together what none could do alone. From the smallest to the largest, all United Methodist churches are engaged in ministry throughout the world and around our state through their connectional giving.

The Mississippi Conference staff is hosting “Resourcing the Mission: A New Interpretation of Apportionments” at seven locations across the conference this month to share simple, straightforward information about apportioned giving and receive feedback on a new tool for interpreting the conference budget.

Rev. Steve Casteel, director of Connectional Ministries; Rev. Sheila Cumbest, director of Ministerial Services; Gwen Green, director of Communications; Dr. Embra Jackson, administrative assistant to the bishop; and David Stotts, treasurer and director of Financial Administration, will lead the two-hour sessions with the help of local district superintendents.

Active and retired pastors, lay members of Annual Conference, church treasurers, Finance Committee chairs, and communicators are encouraged to attend, but the meetings are open to all interested.

March 26     10 a.m., First UMC, Brookhaven
                     6 p.m., Parkway Heights UMC, Hattiesburg

March 27     10 a.m., First UMC, New Albany
                     6 p.m., First UMC, Batesville

March 28     10 a.m., Crossgates UMC, Brandon

March 29     10 a.m., First UMC, Starkville
                      6 p.m., District Office, Meridian

The meetings are a response to results from the A2 Indicators, in which churches indicated a desire for stewardship resources and information. One segment of the sessions will be devoted to medical benefits and pensions, the two largest line items in the conference budget. Separate forums on pensions and insurance will not be held this spring.

“We appreciate all the churches that give faithfully through the apportionments and want to help all United Methodists understand how their apportioned giving provides the resources to fulfill the church’s mission of making disciples,” said Stotts.