"It’s as simple as people coming together, combining their money to accomplish something bigger than themselves. United Methodists support apportioned and designated funds through their connectional gifts.
The General Conference establishes budgets for the denomination’s general funds. These are divided among annual conferences, based on a specific formula. Each annual conference, using its own approved formula, divides these fund requests, along with conference administrative and benevolence fund requests, among local churches. In addition, individuals, local churches, districts and annual conferences may make monetary gifts to the designated funds, of which 100 percent goes directly to a specific project or ministry. Together, apportioned and designated funds represent our connectional giving.
By combining several smaller gifts into a larger amount, we can effect change across the world. Individual churches can minister to a small area; however, as a connectional church, we can do big things, all in the name of Jesus Christ."
Connectional giving in The United Methodist Church includes:
In the Detroit Conference, connectional giving also includes:
In this section of web pages, you will find connectional giving information and resources for conference and local church leaders.
In addition, United Methodist Communications offers “Turning Connectional Living into Connectional Giving” (CG101)
, a free, basic online course that explores how to turn our connectional living as United Methodists into connectional giving that supports the shared ministry and mission of The United Methodist Church. It is a four-part journey through why we give, the connectional nature of the church, the Apportioned and Designated funds of the church, and how you can make a difference in the world. Participants work through the course at their own pace and have the opportunity to interact through discussion forums, quizzes, and feedback activities. Click on the link to explore the dates this course is offered.