By Randy Bowman, Conference Treasurer
The Desert Southwest Conference remains in strong financial shape with over $3 million of cash reserves. That financial strength allowed us to credit all of our churches with a one-month apportionment dividend payment in January. As a result, our total apportionment receipts through May were above both last year’s level and our 10-year historical average. Excluding the apportionment dividend paid by the Conference, we were a bit behind in terms of apportionment receipts. Through 05/31/2021, we had received 35.4% in total apportionments – 8.3% paid by the Conference and 27.1% paid by our churches. That compared to 28.7% last year and a historical average of 33.4%.
April apportionment receipts are detailed by district as follows:
May apportionment receipts are detailed by church on the following 4 pages. At this rate and at this early date, we currently project an overall year-end apportionment contribution percentage (including the 8% paid by the Conference) of about 82%. Great uncertainty remains, however, as COVID vaccines continue to roll out and in-person worship and other gatherings resume. We will continue to monitor these results and report to you monthly.
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 7 months of 2021. Thanks again for your commitment; it truly provides the financial stability for our connectional programs to work.