finance

Connectional Table
Bishops Mike McKee and Christian Alsted discuss the process for voting on budget proposals during a joint meeting of the General Council on Finance and Administration board and Connectional Table in Nashville, Tenn. McKee is president of the finance agency board and Alsted is chair of the Connectional Table. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Groups approve plan to divvy up slashed budget

Two leadership bodies have approved allocations of the general church budget. However, debate arose about the budget process.
General Church
Washington Street United Methodist Church in Petersburg, Va., is back open after closing for two weeks in January as it searched for new insurance coverage. Washington Street was among the United Methodist churches that got higher premium notices just before Christmas from United Methodist Insurance, a subsidiary of the denomination's General Council on Finance and Administration. Photo courtesy of Washington Street United Methodist Church.

Premium hikes have churches scrambling

Churches and conferences are unhappy about higher premium notices from United Methodist Insurance that arrived just before Christmas.
General Church
The Rev. Kennetha J. Bigham-Tsai attends a Connectional Table meeting in 2015. Bigham-Tsai, who was a Connectional Table member before becoming its top executive, helped develop the recommended allocations of the 2021-24 general church budget. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Group proposes how to divide slashed budget

A Connectional Table team recommends substantial cuts for some church organizations and programs while holding the line for others in the 2021-24 church budget.
General Church
Bishop Janice Riggle Huie leads a session at the recent Texas Methodist Foundation-sponsored Courageous Leadership Initiative launch in St. Louis. Huie joined the foundation staff after retiring from the active episcopacy. Photo courtesy Texas Methodist Foundation.

From ʽchurch bank’ to change agent

The Texas Methodist Foundation has grown in assets but also influence, thanks to an extensive leadership ministry and other outreach.

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