The money you give to the Church assures connections that make God known in many places, opening hearts, minds, and doors to love and life-changing opportunities. "Apportionments" is the name United Methodists use to identify the portion of money that is sent forward from each church.
Within the Apportionments, funds go to 1) worldwide work by the denomination, 2) regional ("jurisdictional") causes,
3) district missions, and 4) Oklahoma Conference ministries.
This article offers basic information about Oklahoma’s Apportionment budget for 2015, using as perspective The United Methodist Church motto: "Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors."
Four of the the budget items provide infrastructure that supports the Oklahoma Conference’s ministry teams.
- Communications Department … $431,000
- Annual Conference Council … $495,000
- Conference Administration Ministries … $1,029,700
- Ministerial Support … $4,905,841
Annually, each church is called upon to provide a specific amount in Apportionments. That amount is based on the church’s programming and operating expenses and staff costs.
Eighty percent of the overall Apportionment contribution supports Kingdom work within Oklahoma. "As you read about ministries you support through your ‘portion meant for others,’ be inspired knowing your church’s reach is well beyond where you worship," Bishop Robert Hayes Jr. said.
Mission & Service Ministry Team — $1,958,011
People of faith open their hearts to others through acts of mercy and justice work — Circle of Care, Cookson Hills Center, Criminal Justice & Mercy Ministries, Hispanic Ministries, Neighborhood Services Organization, Office of Mission, Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference, Prevent/Recover Ministry, Project Transformation, Restore Hope, and Skyline Urban Ministry
Leadership Development Ministry Team —$353,000
Board of Ordained Ministry/Ministerial Recruitment,
Saint Paul School of Theology at Oklahoma City University,
Academy for Part-Time Local Pastors
Discipleship Ministry Team — $1,966,000
Camps and Conferences, Campus Ministry,
Oklahoma City University
Since Methodism began, education has been a core value for our community of faith.
(Luke 24:45, CE)
New People, New Places — $700,000
New Faith Communities* — $822,200
(Name changed from Congregational Development, approved by 2015 Annual Conference)
New Faith Communities,
Racial Ethnic New Church Starts
We practice radical hospitality, welcoming all to open their hearts and minds to know Christ and grow alongside us.