By Randy Bowman, Director of Finance & Administration
August apportionment receipts were the lowest of any month so far in 2021. Apportionment receipts improved somewhat in September, but they were still below average. Our total apportionment receipts through September (including one month paid by the Conference for all churches) were above last year’s level but below our 10-year historical average. Excluding the apportionments paid by the Conference, we were significantly behind in terms of apportionment receipts. Through 09/30/2021, we have received 58.0% in total apportionments – 8.3% paid by the Conference and 49.7% paid by our churches. That compares to 52.8% last year and a historical average of 58.6%.
Year-to-date apportionment receipts are detailed by district as follows:
September apportionment receipts are detailed by church on the following 4 pages. At this rate, we currently project an overall year-end apportionment contribution percentage (including the 8% paid by the Conference) of about 79%. Uncertainty remains, however, as COVID variant infections increase, vaccines roll out, and in-person worship and other gatherings fluctuate. We will continue to monitor these results and report to you monthly.
Despite the lower-than-expected level of apportionment receipts, the Conference remains in strong financial shape. Our available cash reserves improved to $3.9 million (down from our peak but up from last month). We had an overall operating deficit of $380,000 due to payment of our general church apportionments at 100%, payment of one month of apportionments for all churches in the Conference, and COVID-impacted losses in our camp and retreat ministries. This operating deficit was lower than it might have been as a result of reduced travel, operating efficiencies, and lower staff costs in many areas of ministry. So we are thankful for that, just as we are thankful for your continued support of our connectional system through your apportionment contributions.
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 three months of 2021. Thanks again for your commitment; it truly provides the financial stability for our connectional programs to work.