Limiting Apportionments

Petition to General Conference

TOTAL NUMBER OF PAGES: 1
SUGGESTED TITLE: Limiting Apportionments
DISCIPLINE PARAGRAPH: Discipline ¶ 615
GENERAL CHURCH BUDGET IMPLICATION: Yes, an incentive to curb spending GLOBAL IMPLICATIONS: No

AMEND ¶ 615 by adding a new sentence as follows:

¶ 615. Apportionments—When a change to the apportionment formula or method is proposed, the council should provide for a study of the proposed change’s effects. After its study, which may include resources supplied by the General Council on Finance and Administration, the council shall recommend such formula or method to the annual conference for its action and determination which shall include the approved budgeted amounts for clergy support, administration, World Service, Conference Benevolences, and other apportioned causes (¶ 614.1- .4), the sum of which shall be apportioned to the districts, churches, or charges of the conference.61 The amount apportioned to each local church for general church and conference apportionments shall not exceed ten percent (10%) of the previous year’s income for operations and missions.

Rationale: The burden of high apportionments, often exceeding 15-20% of a local church’s budget, hampers the ability of the local church to make disciples and engage in effective local ministry. Having a cap on apportionments forces the prioritization of budgeting decisions. Such a cap would not preclude appeals to local churches to voluntarily support conference agencies, benevolences, and missions over and above the cap.

Date: March 5, 2015
Signature of the Petitioner: Rod Lee Groom
Identification of the Petitioner: Member of Local Church, Saint James UMC, Sarasota, Florida Phone: 941-356-4566
Fax Number: Not applicable
E-mail Address: rod.groom@gmail.com

Date: March 5, 2015
Signature of the Petitioner: Rodney S. Akers
Identification of the Petitioner: Member of Local Church, First UMC, Brandon, Florida Phone: 813-658-1654
Fax Number: Not applicable
E-mail Address: rodney.akers2@gte.net

Signature of the Petitioner: Dorothy L. Graves
Identification of the Petitioner: Member of Local Church, First UMC, Melbourne, Florida Phone: 321-722-3660
Fax Number: Not applicable

E-mail Address: dotnruss@gmail.com

Signature of the Petitioner: William S. Clark
Identification of the Petitioner: Member of Local Church, First UMC, Spring Hill, Florida Phone: 727-868-3454
Fax Number: Not applicable
E-mail Address: tampaclarks@hotmail.com

Signature of the Petitioner: Chester Klinger
Identification of the Petitioner: Member of Local Church, Anona UMC, Largo, Florida Phone: 727-596-1483
Fax Number: Not applicable
E-mail Address: chet.klinger@gmail.com

Signature of the Petitioner: Chris Akers
Identification of the Petitioner: Clergy, University Carillon UMC, Oviedo, Florida Phone: 321-439-9715
Fax Number: Not applicable
E-mail Address: Chrisakers@ucumc.net

Signature of the Petitioner: Mason Dorsey
Identification of the Petitioner: Clergy, Riviera UMC, St. Petersburg, Florida Phone: 727-527-6466
Fax Number: Not applicable
E-mail Address: mason.dorsey@flumc.org