Submitted by Sami Pack-Toner
Pastor, Helena United Methodist Ministries in Helena, MT
Contributor to the Conference Council of Finance and Administration (CF&A)
This is part of a series of articles for the Mountain Sky Conference to learn about the various funds that are make up the General and Jurisdictional Apportionments. All of the funds are shown in Table 1 along with the requested support.
There are seven General Church funds, including the Episcopal Fund. The eighth fund included in the General and Jurisdictional Apportionments are the Western Jurisdiction.
This article is about the World Service Fund.
One of the most important expressions of United Methodism is the connectional system. There are seven historically apportioned funds of the UMC, all vital pieces of the connectional system. The World Service Fund provides basic financial support to general agencies, which all tell the narrative of the vision, mission, and ministry of the UMC.
Most importantly, this fund allows the general agencies to reach people in communities outside the local church’s radar and reach. While the connectional system is a glimpse of the kin’dom of God, it also requires trust and agency. This type of fund allows for a highly focused, flexible, and rapid response.
Through the World Service Fund, new leaders are developed locally, new safe spaces for worship are created, poverty is addressed individually and systemically, and funding is given to the administration of the UMC.
Bishop Mary Ann Swenson explains the World Service Fund in this way: “it is a way in which neighbor helps neighbor, and it helps Christians reach out all around the world. World Service Fund is everything that defines our church. It is the way that we connect together, the way that we become powerful in our response to injustice and to poverty, and to tragedy, and to need.”
If you are feeling overwhelmed by the needs in the world, the World Service Fund is a wonderful option for your local churches to support, knowing at least some of those needs are being met by neighbors.
For more information about where and how your money is used, visit
Table 1: Mountain Sky General and Jurisdictional Funds
The local church assessment is based on proportional share of the cost of Staff – Clergy and Lay, Operations and Programs. Capital Expenses, Debt Retirement and those funds sent in for Mission Shares, Special Sundays or other Church contributions locally and to the conference are excluded from the calculation.
Each church in the Mountain Sky Conference may designate, if they desire, where their portion of their General and Jurisdictional Apportionments go. You, the local church, if you desire, are able to choose the funds you value. This was a key element of our new program to allow churches more discretion on how their funds are used. For example, if your church puts $1,000 to a particular fund, that is where your money will go. Each church has the ability to designate the destination of the funds they put into the General and Jurisdictional Apportionments.
Additional information on all the UMC Budget Apportioned Funds can be found on the UMC General Council on Finance and Administration website.
Previous Mountain Sky Conference news articles about Apportionments:
The Black College Fund: Focused on raising leaders who impact lives and shape communities!