Restructuring and potential savings

Something to keep in mind in evaluating the Call to Action petition to consolidate nine general agencies — even if it were to be passed exactly as it is currently written in the Advance Daily Christian Advocate, that does not necessarily translate intobig savingsonlocal church apportionments.

According to estimates by the General Council on Financeand Administration,the averageU.S. annual (regional) conference might see a reduction in apportionments totaling $72,640 to $108,960 over the next four years. For an average U.S.local church, the savings might range from $120 to $180 over that same four-year period.

I wrote about this for the United Methodist News Service last week, butgiven some of the comments I’m hearing around General Conference, I think this information got lost in the shuffle.Here’s the storyfrom last week.

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Delegates consider legislation during the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission on the General Conference has named a technology study team to explore how to accommodate full participation at the lawmaking assembly now scheduled for Aug. 29-Sept. 7, 2021. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

New group explores General Conference options

Organizers of The United Methodist Church’s top lawmaking assembly have named a technology study team to look at ways to accommodate full participation in this time of COVID-19.
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With coronavirus cases on the rise across the U.S. and public gatherings still limited for the foreseeable future, United Methodists are urging 2021 General Conference organizers to plan for an online conference. Laptop image by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications; view of the stage at the 2019 special session of General Conference by Kathleen Barry; graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Should General Conference go virtual?

With COVID-19 still on the rise, a number of United Methodists are pushing for next year’s meeting to transpire online.
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The Rev. Lovett H. Weems Jr. Photo courtesy of Wesley Theological Seminary.

Young elder numbers near historic low

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