General Church Ministry Share
There are seven General Church funds supported by our ministry shares and these account for 4 percent of United Methodist offerings churchwide. They are:
The World Service Fund
This is the heart of our denominationwide presence, underwriting Christian mission and ministry around the world:
- Undergirds a network of missionaries around the world
- Supports ministries with children, youth, singles, students, persons who are mentally and physically challenged, adults and older persons
- Provides leadership and coordination youth ministry
- Continues nearly 200 years of commitment to college and graduate education
- Certifies Christian educators, communicators and musicians
- Works to encourage a more ethical, just and humane world
- Helps us dialogue with other Christians and people of other faiths
- Provides communications technologies and mass media presence
- Expresses our commitment to God’s reign through ministries of peace and justice, and effots to build a church and a society truly inclusive of all persons regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or handicapping condition
The Ministerial Education Fund
This fund helps thousands of men and women become pastoral leaders in The United Methodist Church through:
- Annual Conference scholarships
- Support for our 13 United Methodist seminaries
- Programs that encourage people to explore and respond to the call to full time ministry
- Continuing education opportunities for pastors
- Course of Study for local pastors
Africa University Fund
Since 1992, Africa University has helped educate hundreds of men and women from 20 countries. Offering provided by United Methodists built the University and support its ongoing operations, including building maintenance, utilities, classroom equipment and supplies, faculty and staff salaries, and other operational expenses.
In a continent torn by war, AIDS, poverty, cyclones and other natural and human-made hardships, Africa University shines as a beacon of hope and light. United Methodists are making a difference in the lives of Africa University students who are making a difference in Africa and the world.
“I hope a new breed of young men and women with vision is going to come out of the institution to champion social change in Africa,” said Rutendo Mandunya from Zimbabwe.
Yollande Samba Mavund from the Democratic Republic of Congo adds, “If, in the future, I’ll be able to help even one person, I’ll do it with happiness and love because of what the church has done for me. Thank you.”
Black College Fund
The Black College Fund supports the programs and ministries of 11 historically Black colleges and universities. This apportioned fund supports departmental research, libraries, operations and physical plant maintenance. It also supports capital expenditures such as new buildings, major remodeling projects and endowments. These 11 historically Black colleges and universities provide opportunities for many students of promise who otherwise might be excluded from the educational process. They provide a high-quality education and produce many African-American leaders in the United States and in the church.
“Life is hard. College is hard, but life without college is harder,” said Tarnisha Nataska Adams, a graduate of Philander Smith College, Little Rock, Ark. “Without education, there’s no way you can make it. Because of your love and support, I was able to graduate from Philander Smith College. Continue to support the Black College Fund and students like me. Give us the opportunities to achieve in life. I thank you sincerely.”
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Interdenominational Cooperation Fund
United Methodists are a small part of the worldwide Christian church–the living body of Jesus Christ. The Interdenominational Cooperation Fund apportionment was established in 1952 to:
- support ecumenical efforts around the world;
- witness to the Christian faith;
- foster a renewal of Christian unity and understanding;
- meet human suffering; and
- advocate for global peace and justice.
Giving to the Interdenominational Cooperation Fund apportionment nurtures the ministries of Churches Uniting in Christ, the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, the World Council of Churches, the World Methodist Council and the Commission on Pan-Methodist Cooperation and Union.
The Episcopal Fund provides economic support for our bishops and their ministries by helping to pay for:
- Office expenses
- Episcopal residences
- Pension and health benefit and disability coverage for Episcopal families
- Moving expense support
General Administration Fund
The General Administration Fund apportionment supports general church administrative activities:
- Maintains a system of management oversight and fiscal accountability;
- Underwrites the legislative work of General Conference, the arena in which United Methodists come together to work through their differences and to discover the important things that unite them;
- Supports the work of the Judicial Council to adjudicate questions of church law;
- Maintains official documents and historical artifacts of The United Methodist Church and predecessor denominations; and
- Designates historical church shrines, landmarks and sites.
By supporting this fund, we are helping the church to do God’s business in a business-like way.
To learn more about these funds visit the United Methodist website dedicated to sharing information on the difference we are making in the world through our offerings.