After five consecutive months of decline, July’s apportionment receipts improved slightly; however, they remained down from last year and our historical averages. For the first 7 months of 2019, our churches contributed 44.4% of their apportionments. As you can see from the detailed report, this was 2.8% (and $255,000) below last year and 2.2% below our average apportionment contributions through July for the last ten years. At this rate, we project an overall year-end apportionment contribution percentage of 80%-82%. That would be the worst year in our conference’s history.
The West district improved 0.1% from last year, the East district declined 2.4%, the South District declined 3.1%, and the North District was down 8.5%. Our overall year-to-date apportionment contributions through 7/31/19 are shown in the following graph:
Based on the low current projection for 2019 apportionment receipts, the Desert Southwest Conference Council on Finance & Administration will review at it’s August 23 meeting various budget reduction scenarios as developed and prioritized by the Extended Cabinet. CFA will implement budget reductions this year and beyond as they deem necessary to ensure we continue to maintain adequate cash reserves.
Remember that apportionments are a way to look beyond just ourselves. Please do all that you can to help our churches and our ministries continue to change lives by contributing apportionments as fully as possible in the last 5 months of 2019. Thank you for your commitment; it provides financial stability for our connectional programs to work.
Click here to download the quantitative apportionment report. Find previous reports at https://dscumc.org/apportionments.