November apportionment receipts continued our year-long decline, but at a more moderate rate. For the first 11 months of 2019, our churches contributed 68.0% of their apportionments. As you can see from the detailed report, this was 5.5% (and $466,000) below last year and 5.0% below our average apportionment contributions through November for the previous ten years.  At this rate, we project an overall year-end apportionment contribution percentage of about 80%. This will be the lowest apportionment year in our conference’s history.

The West district apportionments were down 2.5% from last year, the East district declined 3.7%, the South District declined 8.7%, and the North District was down 11.3%. Our overall year-to-date apportionment contributions through 11/30/19 are shown in the following graph:

November 2019 Apportionments Graph

Based on the level of 2019 apportionment receipts, the Desert Southwest Conference Council on Finance & Administration (CFA) implemented various spending reductions in the Conference budget based on input received from the Extended Cabinet. We have also done a very good job of not over-spending our budgets. The end result is that our overall spending looks like it will be within our projected income level for the year, and our cash reserves have stabilized. CFA and the Extended Cabinet will continue to work collaboratively to monitor apportionment receipts and spending very closely over the remainder of 2019 and throughout 2020. If necessary, further spending reductions will be implemented, but at this time, no additional spending reductions appear to be necessary.

We realize these are financially-challenging times for many of our churches, but we appreciate the great faithfulness you continue to demonstrate. Our churches continue to do their best to support apportionment giving and our connectional relationships. Let’s continue to remind ourselves that apportionments are a way to look beyond our community. They are a way to reach our brothers and sisters throughout the world. Let’s do all that we can to help our churches and our ministries continue to change lives by contributing apportionments as fully as possible in the last month of 2019. As a reminder, the last day for receiving 2019 apportionment contributions is Friday, January 10, 2020.

Thank you for your commitment; it provides financial stability for our connectional programs to work.

Click here to download the complete report or click here to visit the apportionments page and find the previous month’s reports.

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