GCFA Report on Finances and Generosity through Apportionments

Recently I received a letter from General Secretary Moses Kumar of the General Board of Finance Administration. I pass on a significant portion of that letter. It is good, for which I give you and God thanks! “The lingering effects of the recession have had differing impacts throughout our annual conferences and local churches in the United States. But through the power of the United Methodist connection, and as harsh as the reports are about the recession and unemployment, giving to the general Church apportioned funds through September, 2011 is up 1.1% or over $770,000. “As we approach the end of 2011, we gratefully acknowledge that by the gracious giving of the people in your conference, there has been an improvement in giving year-to-date. Our prayer is that trend will continue so that the ministries throughout the connection continue to receive funds for ministry through the remainder of the year and beyond. During these times of financial uncertainty we can, as followers of Christ, acknowledge that God provides all we need. In his book Five Practices of Faithful Living, United Methodist Bishop Robert Schnase talks about the grace of giving. Among the reasons for giving graciously he lists ‘giving changes us.’ “As you consider your gifts to your local church, to ministries of your annual conference, and to global Church initiatives to ‘make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world,’ remember that all we have comes from God. When we support these ministries we are advancing the work God has called God’s faithful to do. Giving changes us. By giving, we can change our world. Together in ministry, A. Moses Rathan Kumar”