“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”
2 Corinthians 9:8
It is time to celebrate our connectional giving in the Wisconsin Annual Conference! We saw a slight rise in apportionment giving in 2015, while making almost $900,000 in gifts and support to Imagine No Malaria. Our $1 million dollar goal is within sight! Even in challenging economic times, Wisconsin United Methodists find ways to give generously.
My vision and hope for our future is that we continue to grow in our faithful financial stewardship, to continue our trend moving toward 100% apportionment payment. Our churches faithfully work to pay all they can, and I am grateful for the efforts of our clergy and laity to fund the critical ministries of our Conference.
Our generosity is not limited to our money, but includes our time, energy, gifts and skills, commitment, and dedication. We are not part-way disciples who simply do what we can; we are total disciples, giving all we have to honor and serve God. In Wesleyan language, we are “moving onto perfection,” one step at a time. And with each step of our journey of discipleship, we contribute to the positive transformation of the world. It is through our generous giving that we fulfill our mission!
We are Imagining Wisconsin Anew, and as the vision of all we can accomplish together as the body of Christ becomes clearer, it becomes more and more exciting to give. Each commitment of time is a commitment to serve Christ, serve God’s people, and serve the church. Each gift of every dollar allows us to care for more people, serve more needs, extend our Christian witness, and share God’s love and grace.
Sometimes it is a struggle to pay apportionments, and it can feel like a burden. This happens when the money is sent away and we do not see the good it does. I invite you to look at our own website (WisconsinUMC.org) and our United Methodist Communications website (UMC.org) to see the hundreds of ways people are served, lives are saved, and faith is strengthened, renewed, and inspired. United Methodists are part of a wonderful world-wide church movement, and I am proud to lead our Wisconsin Conference as we support our global church.
Grace and Peace,
Hee-Soo Jung, PhD