- Delegates approved a budget of $16,534,735 for 2011. That total reflects an overall Apportionment increase of $550,000 over the current year. About two-thirds of that increase is for healthcare benefits.
- To pay the increasing cost of health insurance, that Apportionment item is increasing 8.6 percent for local churches, and the monthly premiums for the clergy and lay employees are going up 10 percent, reported Chairman Rick Kelly of the Health Benefits Committee. The changes take effect Jan. 1, 2011.
- The annual conference, which began Sunday evening, adjourned at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, 15 minutes ahead of schedule. In previous years, the conference has met through Thursday. A task force recommendation led to the shortened schedule. By making the change, Conference leaders expected to save money and time at all levels.