Connectional giving enables United Methodists to do together what no church, district or annual conference can do alone. United Methodist Churches promise to participate in ministries through prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness.
In 2015, the number of GNJ churches fulfilling 100 percent of commitments to shared ministries and conference billings increased.
GNJ had 86.6 percent of churches give 100 percent of conference billings, an increase of 1 percent from 2014. Conference billings are a combination of expenses, including the Clergy Retirement Security Program that provides clergy with a pension for their years in ministry with the United Methodist Church; the Comprehensive Protection Plan, which provides death, long-term disability and other welfare benefits to eligible clergy of the United Methodist Church and their families; the Local Church Property and Liability Insurance; the Annual Conference Health Insurance Plan and the Annual Conference Worker’s Compensation Insurance.
GNJ had 69.5 percent of churches give 100 percent of shared ministry commitments, an increase of .3 percent. Shared Ministry consists of seven funds approved by General Conference: Africa University,
Black College, Episcopal, General Administration, Interdenominational Cooperation, Ministerial Education and World Service.
Click here to find the full page of statistics in the March Relay. The 2015 statistics for shared ministry giving and conference billings for each GNJ church. The first column refers to the 2015 shared ministry participation percentage and the second column indicates 2015 conference billings.