Greetings Pastors, Church Leaders, and United Methodists across Kentucky:
I am writing today on behalf of your Conference Administrative Teams and other Conference leadership with an announcement from the Conference Council on Finance & Administration (CFA) and Board of Pension & Health Benefits (BOP).
- For Sundays in April 2020, CFA is reducing the Our Mission Covenant “ask” of local churches from 11% to 0%. This is an extension of CFA’s previous decision related to March 2020.
- For amounts due for June 2020, the BOP is waiving the monthly “church share” of health insurance for active plan participants. This is an extension of the BOP’s previous decision related to April and May 2020.
I hope you will take 3 minutes to read this additional document for a fuller explanation and additional information related to the above actions.
Over the past six weeks both CFA and BOP have continued to listen to our pastors and churches and prayerfully consider the financial stresses the COVID-19 pandemic may be introducing into our churches. In response to these financial stresses, CFA and BOP are offering the above multi-tiered approach that we hope will support the financial health of our churches during this time.
Many of you have asked what these relief efforts mean for the Conference’s mission and ministries. Reducing the OMC “ask” for March and April begins with acknowledging that we – local churches and Conference ministries – are connected. Together, we share in the same mission of making disciples and developing leaders. In sharing that mission, we share together when we have reasons to celebrate, and we share together in our seasons of challenge.
However, it is also important to note that in the same way local churches may be making budget adjustments in light of COVID-19, CFA and BOP are making significant sacrifices in order to pass along this financial relief to our churches. CFA is implementing a variety of measures to ensure that our spending matches the contributions we expect to receive. In fact, CFA has continually monitored long-term trends in church attendance, local church giving, and local church participation in Our Mission Covenant to ensure that our Conference ministries are sustainable. The COVID-19 disruption to all our churches and thus the Conference has accelerated that work and intensified our trends and challenges. As we move through this season, both CFA and BOP will continue their work to make the necessary changes to allow for long-run sustainability of our Conference and churches’ mission and ministries.
To those churches who continue to contribute OMC during this season – We are deeply grateful for persistent generosity. Your sacrifice in helping to ensure the mission and ministries of the Conference continue during this season is truly a blessing.
You can also find past announcements, updates, and Administrative News and Notes here: Previous AST News & Notes. Additionally, you can find administrative and financial resources related to COVID-19 here: AST COVID-19 Resources
As always, please do not hesitate to share your thoughts or insights about how we can best serve you by replying to this email or emailing me at email@example.com. Feel free to call as well at (502) 425-3884.
Grace + Peace,
Rev. David Garvin
Conference Treasurer/Director of Administrative Services
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