Eastern Pennsylvania Conference 2011 Draft Budget included with this report. At the midyear point of 2010 we pause to thank God for His many blessings. As Christians, we believe that God has called on us to “make a difference” in our world. Even though economic challenges continue in many places, we are aware of God’s grace and resources to help others in need. This is most evident by the tremendous outpouring of giving to the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund: churches in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference have donated more than $400,000 to date. We are truly helping to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Thank you to all the members of local churches in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference for their generous giving and continued support.
As of June 30, 2010 we have received $9 million, or 43% of the $21 million budget for all funds.
For the past three years, the total apportioned and/or billed for all thirteen funds on church remittance forms and the amount received for each period. In 2009, 91% was paid by churches for all funds. There were 283 churches or 62% of the total that paid 100% of their apportionments and other balances. That left 170 churches or 38% of the total that did not pay 100%. The uncollected balance was $1.8 million.
One of the funds that churches pay into is CMF or the conference budget. We will be seeking approval of the 2011 budget at the adjourned session of the annual conference on November 13, 2010. Attached is a draft copy of the 2011 CMF budget, totaling $3.5 million, 3.9% less than 2010. Salaries and benefits total $1.9 million, a decrease of 5.7% over 2010. The total staff compliment is twenty two, three less than 2010. As was the case last year, salaries will remain flat, as we did not include increases in the 2011 budget proposal.
Please also see important information in these documents:
Call to Do More
The ten year financial overview that was part of the annual conference notebook was recently posted on our web site. For the ten year period, amounts collected from churches for health insurance were not sufficient to meet the premiums due from our insurance providers by$2.3 million. The deficit for pensions was over $500,000. The Conference cannot continue to subsidize churches that do not pay their pension and insurance obligations. For all those churches that did not pay 100% last year, I ask you to make a commitment to pay in full, or at the very least, increase your payment this year. We need to do more. I believe that we can do more. Remember: with God, all things are possible.
Grace and Peace,
The Fall Session of Annual Conference will be held on Saturday, November 13, 2010, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Hempfield United Methodist Church , 3050 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, PA 17601. This session will include the following business: to look at the Rethink Conference initiative including EPA Conference program ministry and staffing, to pass a 2011 Budget for our Connectional Ministry, and to approve the final health care design and costing structure. Who should attend: clergy and lay members of annual conference.