Why is there a proposed new shared ministry formula?
A: Since the merger in 2002, the percent apportioned for Shared Ministry has risen from 15.7% to 17.2%. Given the current method use to set how much a church will be apportioned for Shared Giving, the percentage could continue to increase with increasing budgets. This even continued when GNJ reduced the budget because there are fewer and smaller congregations resulting in lower combined church budgets. The new formula set the percentage at 16.3% and with a goal of decreasing to 15.6% or just under the percent at the time of merger. This will result in a lower apportioned amount for all churches.
What are some of the benefits of moving to a fixed percentage Shared Ministry formula?
A: The new Shared Ministry formula takes into consideration several present realities affecting our local congregations such as consolidation and reduced budgets which in the past would result in an allocation of the total GNJ Shared Ministry budget among fewer and smaller congregations. The new formula will prevent automatic percentage increases and will require GNJ to set budgets that are within a fixed percentage of the Shared Ministry Base.
Will the new Shared Ministry formula decrease Share Giving to all GNJ congregations?
A: Yes. All GNJ congregations will experience a shared ministry percentage reduction in 2018. The apportioned percent goal is to be reduced from the proposed 16.3% to 15.6% within the next five years. This will result in more monies available to local congregations for mission in the community.