California-Nevada Conference has surpassed 2018 tithe giving by 2.9% in 2019 and has met 100% of its apportionments for the third year in a row.
In a time when many members of The United Methodist Church may wonder where the money goes and how the many missions are actually funded, Episcopal leader Bishop Minerva Carcaño and the California-Nevada cabinet leadership organized a conference-wide education and transparency initiative. Conference and circuit leaders worked with local church pastors and laity to create broad and specific understanding around conference finances and how those dollars support mission both within the conference and around the world.
The result was exponential and resulted in a significantly larger tithe for 2019, robust support for existing mission and generative thinking around new mission initiatives within the conference.
Bishop Carcaño expressed gratitude to God for congregations, pastors and district superintendents. She shared, “I am so very grateful to God for our conference clergy and lay leaders who are committed to being good stewards of the gifts God has placed in our hands, and for our district superintendents who continue to lead our people to affirm our connectionalism.
In an affirmation of our shared call Bishop Carcaño said, “Together we can do so much more in service to All God’s children for the transformation of the world. The tithe from each of our churches supports our Conference and our fair-share contribution to our General and Jurisdictional apportionments supports the work of our world-wide United Methodist Church.”
“This is our 6th year of church tithing,” said Diane Knudsen, conference Executive Director of Finance and Administration. “Our tithe receipts have increased each year, and churches are comfortable doing the calculation each month now. I’m grateful to all the pastors and church treasurers who take time out of their busy year-end schedules to do this right and get the tithes submitted on time.”
Kristin Stoneking, chair of the conference Council on Finance and Administration, shared “Our Council has worked with finance committees and committee chairs in particular. This partnership has helped folks in local churches understand conference finances and how mission is funded throughout the conference connection.”
California-Nevada Conference continues to strive to be faithful to God in stewardship and mission.