If you've been a Methodist for long, you know the term "apportionments." On the other hand, if this term is new to you, think of it as "a portion meant for others." A portion of our Sunday offerings are dedicated to this purpose. It is the chief means by which United Methodists fund their support of our mission program. It undergirds the ministries of the Atlanta-Decatur-Oxford District, the North Georgia Conference, and the national and world missions of our denomination. A formula determines each United Methodist congregation's fair-share portion of the total mission program. While some denominations use other approaches (such as each missionary raising their own support), we have through the years found this approach to mission funding to be effective.
Salem's 2017 Apportionment is $21,584, which is 10% of our total budget. Each Sunday as you place your offering in the collection plate, know that you/we are doing our part is making possible an encompassing work and mission under the United Methodist banner.
At times every UM church finds apportionments challenging, us included! But Salem has historically given the full support asked of us to make this possible. We are a 100% church!
As United Methodists, here are some of the good things we are doing through our faithful mission-giving through apportionments: