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Bishop Sally Dyck presides over a discussion of the church budget during the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. With the next General Conference delayed until 2021, the board of the denomination’s finance agency decided it had no choice but to continue with the apportionment formula approved in 2016. File photo by Maile Bradfield, UM News.

Wrestling with budget after GC2020 postponed

Finance leaders decided they had no choice but to extend the 2016 General Conference’s budget directives. But they also recognize the financial challenges caused by COVID-19.
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Christine Dodson and the Rev. David Bell, General Council of Finance and Administration board members, raise their hands during a meeting at Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville, Tenn. The board voted to send the smallest budget the General Conference in more than 30 years. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

Potential split leads to deep budget cuts

The United Methodist finance agency’s board narrowly approved reductions to an already slashed denominational budget. The result would be the smallest budget since 1988.
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Moses Kumar discusses the denomination’s budget at the 2020 Pre-General Conference Briefing in January in Nashville, Tenn. Kumar, the top executive of the General Council on Finance and Administration, helped lead a Feb. 21 online meeting dealing with the denomination’s financial challenges. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Looking at financial impact of GC2020 plans

No matter what happens at General Conference, United Methodist leaders predict a loss of funding. That makes planning a budget especially tough.
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A woman holds an offering plate during a service at Boise United Methodist Church in Boise, Idaho. United Methodist collection rates in 2019 dipped below recent years, but the drop wasn’t as steep as initially projected. Photo courtesy of the Marketing Department, United Methodist Communications.

Church giving overcomes worst fears

Apportionment collection rates in 2019 dipped below recent years, but the drop wasn’t as steep as initially projected.

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