2022 AC Budget – FAQ’s

The following are some frequently asked question about the Conference Budget. We have provided short, concise answers to some of these questions as you prepare for Annual Conference.

How is the Annual Conference budget determined?
Annual Conference committees that are part of the conference budget (located on pages 88-89 of the Pre-Conference Workbook) submit their proposed budgets recommendations for the coming year to the Council on Finance and Administration, composed of clergy and laity elected by the Annual Conference. CFA works through the requests until they agree on a recommendation to the annual conference for the coming year.

This process includes significant ministry auditing by the Annual Conference Council as well as many other clergy and laity from around the annual conference who meet throughout the year to stay in touch with our various extension ministries.

Are there costs in the budget that cannot be altered?
Yes.  All General Church and Jurisdictional apportionments cannot be changed according to the United Methodist Book of Discipline.  Many items in the Conference budget (approximately 32% of the total) are determined at the General Conference level.

Where in the budget have expenses been reduced?
General Church items reflected a 1.67% decrease for 2022.  The remaining items in the Conference budget total approximately $6.8 million for 2022. The 2022 budget for Mission and Ministries was decreased approximately 2.6% to $2.2 million in 2021. 

What are the priorities in the budget?
Priority has been placed on our mission as United Methodists and the ministry of the local church.  The needs of the Oklahoma Conference receive special attention in budget consideration at all levels.

How does apportionment income determine the budget recommendations?
In preparing the 2022 budget, revenues were projected on what income to expect in 2022 and how we could reduce expenses to meet those revenues. We have fewer churches contributing fewer dollars to the conference’s 2022 budget due to church closings, uncertain church attendance due to COVID, uncertainty due to the upcoming General Conference and churches struggling with their own operating costs.

Why have some of the Mission and Ministry items been reduced and some increased?
Changes to that section of the budget come from discussions and audits by the Annual Conference Council.  In this case, Circle of Care asked for a reduction in their M/M and the Council voted increases for Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference and two urban ministries – Skyline and Restore Hope – all of whom have been significantly impacted by the pandemic.

Why is the name of New Faith Communities being expanded?
By action of the conference last year, the budget for New People, New Places was eliminated from the budget.  There is currently no money budgeted for church revitalization in a time when many existing churches have significant needs for these services.  This year’s recommendation is to expand the work of this ministry team by asking them to also be responsible for strategic revitalization efforts in our conference.  While this will mean less money to both ministry areas, it is one of the only places in the budget for this type of work to be funded.

For more information
If you have any additional budget questions that you would like to get an answer to please contact us at ac2021@okumc.org

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