What Are Apportionments?

If you have been in the United Methodist Church for a few years, you have probably heard the term “Apportionments” thrown around. Maybe you have wondered what it meant. So, here is some information about what Apportionments are and what they mean to us as United Methodists.

The United Methodist Church is connectional church; each congregation is not independent but connected to each other. Whether they are down the street, across the state, or around the world, we are connected. We share many things, including the ability to fund ministries and missions. Together, we can make a greater impact to relieve suffering, feed the hungry, and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ at home and around the world.

Missions

Through our apportionments, we support 903 missionaries around the world, serving 57 countries. Some are pastors and evangelists, who teach about the Good News and win converts to Jesus Christ and translate the scriptures into the language of the people they serve. Some are physicians, nurses, and caregivers. They are treating those with health problems, establishing hospitals and clinics, and training natives as health care-givers; they restore the body and witness to the “Great Physician” at the same time. Other missionaries are agricultural experts, spending their time teaching the people how to grow crops in greater abundance in regions with so much starvation and malnutrition. In more than 50 countries around the world, our missionary outreach provides meals for 3 million people every year, or over 8,200 people every day. Other missionaries are educators, teaching children, youth, and adults to read and improve their opportunities.

Our 2012 Apportionments:

Total: $14,009

Conference: $12,291

District: $1,718

Local

Oversees missions get a lot of attention, but our Apportionments also benefit ministries not only in the Texas Conference, but here in our own West District. More than 10% of our Apportionments stay here in our district. If you want more information, check out the West District website.

How Are Apportionments Determined?

Every United Methodist congregation in the United States receives an Apportionment amount based on the financial needs of the global church, our own Annual Conference, and our own district. These three budgets are equitably divided among all the churches, so that each local church shares its part.

 

Conclusion

We should be very proud to be part of a “connectional church” which has outreach ministries on every continent and in every county of our country, meeting the needs of children, youth, and adults who are precious in the sight of God. It’s all part Loving God… Loving People.