|Opportunities like this youth activity at Warren Willis Camp depend on annual payments from UMC churches. Photo by Cameron Helwege.|
LAKELAND – The holiday hustle and bustle can make it easy to forget even the most important things, like the deadline for paying a church's share of funds needed to continue United Methodist ministries.
That deadline of Jan. 11 is coming up fast, said conference treasurer Mickey Wilson, and he urges churches that have not sent in their apportionments to do so.
According to Bishop Ken Carter, the funds received from churches in the last days of 2012 and the first days of 2013 will have a profound influence on the ministries that “express who we are at our best.”
Payments support education and benefits for pastors, the camps and campus ministries, outreach opportunities, the Black College Fund and Africa University, Wilson noted. Florida’s churches also have international impact with their support of missions throughout the world.
Payments are running a little behind the usual mid-December tally, Wilson said.
For information about sending in your apportionment payment and forms, click here.
For information about how the funding is allocated, click here.