Desert Southwest Conference Connectional Ministries
Connecting United Methodists at the local, district, conference, and general church level to make disciples for the transformation of the world. Read this Month’s featured post.
Annual Conference Special Session
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...
We are receiving many questions about the release of the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation (the Protocol) and we hope to answer those questions here. What is the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation? It is the outline of...
If necessary, further spending reductions will be implemented, but at this time, no additional spending reductions appear to be necessary. 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.
The current financial decline, as far as we have been able to determine, is based on the financial challenges faced by many of our churches due to the long, gradual decline that the UMC has been experiencing for many years. It has not yet been significantly affected by the turmoil in the denomination based on the human sexuality issue. The impact of that issue on our denomination could certainly accelerate future financial challenges…
Early in my adult prayer life, I learned that I had to start my day in prayer with the Lord, that I had to put God first in my day. So I tried. I would get up and reach for my bible only to find that after reading for a few minutes that I would fall back asleep and be...