The foundation of the United Methodist Church is connectionalism. The connections between us mean we can do more good together than we can do alone. This is what shared ministry and connectional giving is in the United Methodist Church. Our membership is a whole – a whole of many parts that, when connected, makes big impacts.

As members, we agree to:

  • participate,
  • help with financial support,
  • offer our time,
  • pray for the church, and
  • share our experience with others.

These membership agreements are universal expressions of belonging and commitment. They say we care about each other, take action, belong to a community, are growing spiritually, and helping sustain the church for future generations.

As a part of the United Methodist Church,

  • we share an organizational structure/policies that ensures operating within the law and reflect collective values; and
  • we participate in shared ministries to make the greatest possible impact in the world for positive change.

Shared ministries or apportionments are sometimes misunderstood. Perhaps it helps to remember it is a collective agreement of members to make a powerful impact in the world together. We are contributing to life-changing efforts and truly making life better.

How It Works in Three Easy Steps

  1. The General Conference creates the annual budget, including shared ministry.
  2. Shared ministry, administration, and benevolence fund requests are apportioned among all annual conferences and divided among annual conference churches.
  3. Churches pay their combined apportionments to the conference who directs monies to administration, benevolence, and shared ministry; allocating it to the appropriate fund.

Shared ministry funds are identified separately, allowing donations to be directed to specific funds. 100% of gifts go to these designated funds. Together, United Methodists make a powerful impact around the world in the name of Jesus Christ.

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