Committee on Finance and Administration (CF&A) Chair Jack Stubb and Conference Treasurer Tamara Wims, CPA, presented the 2018 Budget, Action Item #26, which will come to a vote on Sunday. Wims reported that the proposed budget of $7,032,028 is the same as the 2017 budget. She explained that our Wisconsin Policy 10.4.1 states that the budget “…shall not increase over the previous year’s budget in any given year more than the percentage increase in the Conference total of local church expenses for the previous year…”  Last year, our congregations gave $6,526,000 in Apportionments (80%) and $986,000 in Second Mile Giving. She added that the Conference ended 2015 with $61,000 revenue over expense. Click here to see her Power Point presentation.

Wims also explained how the budget is being spent. Here is the breakdown:

  • 30% is dedicated to revitalizing existing congregations, launching and supporting new ministries and churches, directly supporting Mission Churches.
  • 24% is proposed for connectional ministries in Wisconsin, including mission projects, campus ministries, camps, health and welfare ministries, and staff leadership.
  • 25% is designated to support the global and national connectional ministries. This represents our Conference Apportionments paid to the General Church.
  • 10% is dedicated to cultivating and empowering the clergy and laity leadership of our Conference. This also provides support to campus ministries within our Conference area.
  • 6% is directly supporting local congregations through consultations, training partnerships, and printed resources.
  • 5% of our budget covers the administrative and overhead costs needed to run any organization. The Conference is making great strides to be good stewards of our resources, reduce or eliminate waste, and maximize the impact of what we use.

According to Wims, we can meet our Apportionment goal through several methods, including educating on connectional giving, training for church finance officers, identifying new funding sources for churches, and evaluating apportionment formula. For apportionment resources, visit www.WisconsinUMC.org/Finance.

The Consent Agenda was also voted on and approved Friday afternoon:

  • Action Item #1: Camp Promotion
  • Action Item #2: United Methodist Youth Sunday
  • Action Item #3: United Methodist Women’s Sunday
  • Action Item #4: VIM Sunday
  • Action Item #5: Rainbow Covenant Relationships
  • Action Item #6: Call to Celebrate Peace with Justice Sunday
  • Action Item #7: Resolution Relating to Rental/Housing Allowances for Retired or Disabled Clergypersons of the Wisconsin Conference

After the presentation of the budget, a motion was presented by Terry Digman to amend the budget by deleting the amount for Retired Clergy Health Insurance Premiums in the amount of $595,251, and use the money for Youth Group Retreats, Individual Camperships, and the Contingency Fund. Click here to review entire motion. Due to the order of the day, Bishop determined that the motion would be discussed on another day at Annual Conference.