Way to go Central Texas Conference!!! At Thursday’s meeting of the CFA (Conference Council on Finance and Administration), we were able to fund our Connectional Mission Giving to the General Church (otherwise called apportionments) at 100%! Historically, the Central Texas Conference has a tremendous record of being a conference that almost always pays out fully (100%) to Connectional Mission Giving. (Last year was one of the few exceptions and even then we did extremely well given the recession.)
The change in total CMG (Connectional Mission Giving) in 2011 reflects the deep savings that have resulted from the Exodus Project (moving from 7 geographical Districts to 5 Geographical Districts, reconfiguration of staff, elimination of redundant or obsolete structure, etc.).
The extravagant generosity of the Central Texas Conference did not stop with just Connectional Mission Giving and Conference Ministry Support. Asking and Fair Share Goals for Laura Edwards, Senior Ministry, Justice for our Neighbors – JFON, Mid-Cities Age Level, Global AIDS Fund, United Community Centers and Metro Board of Missions resulted in an additional $189,860.51 in generosity. Among the 3 pages of special offerings over and above CMG & Fair Share was an Annual Conference Offering of $43,732.45 which went to Glen Lake Camp, twice the normal amount; UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) offering of $32,015.27 - 1/3 more than ever before; Imagine No Malaria offering of $121,980.56; $13,761.84 for Wildfire Relief in our area, with many churches giving directly to those in need; $49,914.38 in relief for spring storms in Joplin and parts of Oklahoma; and a special Pacific Emergency offering for victims of the Tsunami and related disasters in Japan of $119,106.2!.
Our response has been nothing short of phenomenal. It represents a true movement of the Holy Spirit among us. Well done thou good and faithful servants!
|2011 PAYOUT COMPARISON:|
|Payout percentage in 2011||
|Payout Percentage in 2010||
|Number of churches paying 100% in 2011||
|Number of churches paying 100% in 2010||
|Number of churches that INCREASED payout percentage in 2011||
|Number of churches that DECREASED payout percentage in 2011||
|Number of churches that paid 100% in 2011, but not in 2010||
|Number of churches that paid 100% in 2010, but not in 2011||
|Total CMG (apportionment) dollars paid by churches in 2011||
|Total CMF (apportionment) dollars paid by churches in 2010||