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General Council on Finance and Administration

For the past two years, the European conferences have paid nearly three times — 300% — what they were apportioned under a General Conference-approved formula, yet face severe cutbacks in their office budgets by GCFA. Read more

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Bishop Michael McKee said the giving decline reflects reaction to the contentious special General Conference and because people don’t value the UMC's apportionment system that funds ministries beyond the local church. Read more

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United Methodist bishops and the denomination's financial agency are responding swiftly to the request for action after the discovery of fraudulent voting at the special 2019 General Conference. Read more

General Conference 2019

The results of the special called 2019 General Conference have led many annual conferences to withhold their "fair-share" contributions. Read more

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After nearly a week of talks, the two agencies responsible for setting United Methodism's worldwide budget have come to a painful agreement on the smallest financial plan in more than 20 years. Read more

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An allocations committee of the Connectional Table – the UMC's program coordinating council – has proposed severe cutbacks in general church budgets for 2021-24. Read more

Finance and Administration

Heather Hahn describes the process behind massive budget cuts facing the worldwide United Methodist Church Read more

Finance and Administration

Africa University continues to rank at top of general-church apportioned funds; some conferences increased their payouts. Read more

Finance and Administration

Despite requests to reconsider the sharp reductions, the General Council on Finance and Administration went ahead with an 18 percent cut in agency budgets. Read more

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Thanks to a couple of technicians working through the new support system offered by the General Council on Finance and Administration, a Florida United Methodist congregation streamed its worship service over the Internet. Read more

Finance and Administration

The churchwide giving for ministries beyond the local church known as apportionments will be drastically reduced starting in 2021. Read more

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A decision to charge $200-per-person registration fees for the 2019 General Conference is already having the opposite effect of what the General Conference Commission intended. Read more

Perspectives 3 Comments

On advice of its consultants to realign resources, the Yellowstone Annual Conference will close its Billings, Mont., office on June 30. Read more

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Photo Illustration by Mike DuBose, UMNS

The finances of the worldwide United Methodist Church almost take an accountant to unpack, but we did our best to answer readers' questions about Discipleship Ministries' money and recent personnel cutbacks. Read more

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United Methodist clergy should hold tight, for now, after a U.S. federal judge struck down the law that gives clergy tax-free housing allowances. Read more

Ordained Ministry

Cambodia Methodist Bible School

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Directors of the General Council on Finance and Administration met in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to get acquainted with the region, which has been a United Methodist mission initiative. Read more

Finance and Administration

United Methodist annual conferences had the highest level of 100 percent payout of funding for ministries beyond the local church in 20 years, according to the General Council of Finance and Administration. Read more

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Final Attendance

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Membership figures for the United Methodist Church in the United States decline about 1.6 percent in 2015, but the top line numbers don't reflect the full reality of vital churches, writes Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service. Read more

Finance and Administration

The cases of three African bishops' handling of church money leads David W. Scott to compare money management disputes with disobedience around United Methodist stances on homosexuality. Read more

Global Nature

Using official church data, the Rev. Jeremy Smith examines the demographics of senior pastors of large-membership churches and a finds a distressing lack of clergywomen. Read more

Local Church

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    Bishop Minerva Carcaño prays for the caravan. Worship service held at the budget meeting of the General Council of Finance and Administration held at Providence United Methodist Church in Mt. Juliet, Tenn. on November 16, 2018. (Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.)