It is my great joy to report to you that this week the California-Pacific Conference fulfilled its 2015 General and Jurisdictional Apportionments 100%!
Here is a break-down of how we were able to reach our 100% apportionment contribution in 2015:
After all apportionment funds were collected and having paid off the expenses funded through apportionments, we found ourselves with a surplus. Our Conference Treasurer, Archana Carey, also reviewed our budget and expenditures and realized that it would take only $154,000 and only $3,336.20 to reach a 100% contribution on our General Church and Western Jurisdiction Apportionments respectively. She then boldly recommended to me and Dan Griffin, President of our Council on Finance and Administration, that we support her in taking the leap of faith in fulfilling our apportionment contribution at 100%. Through an examination of our financial situation, dialogue and prayer, we extended our support. Archana at our request then consulted with the Executive Committee of CFA which unanimously supported her recommendation.
My joy has no bounds. We have witnessed that the commitment to the ministry of Jesus Christ has increased as evidenced in the sacrificial giving of the people of the California-Pacific Conference.
The infographic at the bottom of this page gives you a snapshot of our General Church and Western Jurisdiction apportionments for 2015. It is but a snapshot. The good work that these dollars have made possible is immeasurable. Go to the websites of The United Methodist Church or our Western Jurisdiction for stories of faith and witness.
I am also grateful for the work of our District Superintendents who have labored alongside our local churches and pastors extending their support for strengthening the stewardship of our conference. These colleagues in ministry have committed to helping raise our apportionment giving by 1% each calendar year. A reflection of their work is summarized in the infographic at the bottom.
Our CFA should also be commended for its faithful work. Under the leadership of Dan Griffin, CFA has led us in assuring that we are responsible stewards of the fiscal resources God has placed in our hands, while also working collaboratively with our Connectional Table so that dollars follow and undergird ministry rather than serve as a constraint to ministry.
Our Conference Treasurer, Archana Carey, and her staff should also be thanked for all of their hard work in receiving and administering your gifts for ministry. Archana leads a team that is Christ-centered and thus that seeks every good way to help us serve our Lord through every gift, small and large.
Above all, thanks be to God for God’s faithfulness. God has blessed the California-Pacific Conference with all we need to inspire the world as passionate followers of Jesus Christ so all may experience God’s life-giving love.
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño
Los Angeles Area Resident Bishop
The United Methodist Church