For pretty much the entire year, we have been projecting that 2019 apportionment receipts would be at about the 80% level. As we ended the year, actual results were in line with those year-long expectations. For 2019, our churches contributed 79.4% of their apportionments. As you can see from the detailed report, this was 6.6% (and $551,000) below last year and 7.6% below our average apportionment contributions for the last ten years.
The North district apportionments were down 4.8% from last year, the East district declined 5.7%, the South District declined 7.7%, and the West District was down 7.9%. Our overall apportionment contributions are shown in the following graph:
We appreciate the sacrifices made by all of our churches and congratulate the 60% of them that were able to contribute 100% or more of their apportionments in 2019 (down from 68% in 2018).
Remember that apportionments are a way to look and give beyond just ourselves. We hope that all churches are able to contribute apportionments as fully as possible in 2020. Thank you all for your commitment; it truly provides the financial stability for our connectional programs to work.
Randy Bowman, Conference Treasurer