The foundation of the United Methodists 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 Methodists of Greater New Jersey

  • 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.

Conference creates their budget for all agencies and resourcing based on the allocation of apportionments to the Annual Conferences. As an Annual Conference, GNJ creates their budget based on allocations of shared ministry (apportionment) from local churches.  Shared ministry for local churches includes both General Church apportionments and Annual Conference resourcing.

Shared Ministry Format

Shared Ministry Fund breakdown identifies GNJ Shared Ministry Funds and the General Conference Apportioned Funds separately. Our news fund are listed below:

GNJ Shared Ministry Funds:
(Fund 101) (Includes the following as per GNJ Expenses listed on the Budget)

  • Laity, Clergy, and Congregational Development
  • Conference Mission and Benevolences
  • Administration

One General Church Apportioned Fund with breakdown provided for reference only:

  • General Administration Fund (Fund 401)
  • Interdenominational Cooperation Fund (Fund 402)
  • World Service Fund (Fund 403)
  • Black College Fund (Fund 404)
  • Episcopal Fund (Fund 405)
  • Africa University (Fund 406)
  • Ministerial Education Fund (Fund 407)

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