Apportionment rises 1.71% for 2013
|By Holly McCray
The 2013 Apportionment was set at $16,965,800, a 1.71 percent increase from 2012, by vote of the Oklahoma Annual Conference on May 30 in Tulsa.
One outcome of the recent General Conference is a decrease in the denomination’s 2013-16 budget for seven general church funds, reported Tom Harrison of Oklahoma’s Council on Finance & Administration (CF&A). That apportioned amount will be $603.1 million, which is 6.03 percent less than in the previous quadrennium. Overall, general church agencies will receive almost 10 percent less money in the next quadrennium, reported the United Methodist News Service (UMNS).
Funding for the four jurisdictional ministries also was impacted by General Conference action. The Oklahoma Conference Apportionment for those items will drop from $144,227 this year to $116,198 in 2013.
Rev. Dr. Harrison pointed out two of the largest line items in the 2013 Oklahoma Conference budget.
The Conference Treasurer’s Office reported stewardship by churches grew to $24,481,633 in 2011, from $24,133,534 in 2010. This statistic measured funds given by congregations to other organizations for benevolent and charitable ministries, including Apportionments paid and other funds supporting both UM and non-UM organizations.
The Annual Report of the Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation listed a total of $166,282,963 held with the Foundation as of Dec. 31, 2011. The Foundation received $12.7 million in total contributions, through bequests or current gifts, and distributed more than $11.2 million during the year, including more than $10 million to United Methodist entities.