Conference Budget

Staff Contact

Contact Barbara Brower, director of finance and administration, for information about the Minnesota Annual Conference budget.

2016 Apportioned Budget

Members of the 2015 Annual Conference Session voted on May 29, 2015 to approve a 2016 apportioned budget totaling $6,120,770. That’s $120,762 more than the 2015 apportioned budget and $89,536 above the budget “ceiling,” the maximum allowed under conference standing rules. Members approved going above ceiling in order to continue two critical leadership development initiatives: Soul Leaders and The ELI Project.

With an “uncollectible contingency” of $605,000, the total apportioned amount for 2016 is $6,725,770. The uncollectible contingency accommodates anticipated shortfalls in some churches’ apportionment payments.

Apportionments are the share each annual conference or local church pays to support international, national, and local missions. Some of the funds remitted by Minnesota congregations stay within the state and help fund various Minnesota Conference programs and mission efforts, and about a quarter of the funds remitted by local churches go to the global United Methodist Church. Apportionments also pay for the internal support system that allows for 100 percent of “second-mile” giving (to Imagine No Malaria and other Advance Specials) to go to the intended mission or ministry.

Before approving the 2016 budget, members agreed (by a vote of more than two-thirds) to suspend the conference “ceiling” rule, which uses a formula to limit the growth of the budget from one year to the next. 

The 2016 budget is organized and aligned around our primary work expressed in the missional areas listed below. The expenditure of programmatic and administrative funds is tightly focused to address our strategic imperatives. Our administrative costs are low compared to benchmarks set by nonprofit monitoring groups.

The apportioned budget is only part of our financial picture. The total operations of the annual conference are estimated at $16 million in 2016. We have significant activities, such as the self-funded conference health insurance program, camping ministry, youth events, and voluntary group workers’ compensation policy, which are mainly funded by premiums and fees. None of these programs would be possible without the internal support system provided by staff, technology, stewardship and management processes funded by apportionments. In addition, the same internal support system allows 100 percent of donations for ministries such as Imagine No Malaria and Advance Specials to go to the specified cause with all accounting, processing, and handling paid for by apportionments. 

Download full 2016 budget report

2016 Apportioned Budget Expenses

Developing Missional Leaders

We train, coach, and support leaders as they increase in their skills and commitment to ensure our churches reach new people, grow in love of God and neighbor, and heal a broken world.

Includes: reaching the next generation, campus ministry, clergy leadership development, clergy health insurance and retirement benefits, lay leadership development, and staff in connectional ministries and camping.

Apportioned: $1,114,680 / Other sources: $6,493,000 / Total: $7,607,680

Equipping Missional Congregations

We resource congregations to catalyze innovation, encourage revitalization, generate multiplication, and support connections in communities here and around the world.

Includes: new church starts, congregational vitality, and staff in congregational development.

Apportioned: $706,242 / Other sources: $775,200 / Total: $1,481,442

Extending Our Missional Impact

Our missional impact is local, national, and global. It is developed through relationships and resources. We engage in tangible actions to assist with human needs and address systemic issues.

Includes: General Conference apportioned funds (World Service, Episcopal, General Administration, Interdenominational Cooperation, Ministerial Education, Black College, Africa University), North Central Jurisdiction, Minnesota Council of Churches, compassion and justice, and staff.

Apportioned: $1,862,240 / Other sources: $1,100,000 / Total: $2,962,240

Generating Missional Resources

We tell stories of lives changed, leverage apportioned dollars, and encourage cycles of generosity through resources for churches and individuals.

Includes: communications, Journal, Minnesota United Methodist Foundation, staff in communications and capital campaign.

Apportioned: $233,508 / Other sources: $14,750 / Total: $248,258

Aligning Our Work – Leadership of the Annual Conference

Leadership of the annual conference develops vision and strategy; works to align all parts of the conference; addresses adaptive challenges in our geographical, cultural and demographic context.

Includes: Bishop and Cabinet, district offices, district superintendents, elected leaders and volunteers, annual conference sessions, delegate expenses for General and Jurisdictional conferences, start of a reserve fund to host General Conference in 2020.

Apportioned: $930,238 / Other sources: $227,800 / Total: $1,158,038

Aligning Our Work – Support of the Annual Conference

Support systems provide accounting, accountability, risk management, insurance, legal, property, and good stewardship of all resources. In addition to providing internal support systems for all Minnesota Conference outcomes, apportionments allow 100 percent of gifts to advance specials and all other benevolences to go to the designated mission or ministry.

Includes: property, archives & history, financial administration, risk management, legal, operations (rent, equipment, supplies, insurance), staff in finance, archives, technology, camp accountant, general office, plus HR administration and certain costs for staff in all ministry areas.

Apportioned: $1,273,862 / Other sources: $645,000 / Total: $1,918,862

Uncollectible Contingency

Provides an additional amount that is apportioned to cover underpayment by churches unable to pay 100 percent of their apportioned amount. This is necessary for us to fund our budget and address our strategic goals at the level approved by members of annual conference.

Apportioned: $605,000 / Other sources: $0 / Total: $605,000

Budget and Ceiling History

Each year, there is a budget “ceiling,” or maximum allowed under conference standing rules. Here's a look at past budget and ceiling amounts (before adding the uncollectible contingency).



Approved Budget

Budget Over/(Under) Ceiling














































Average Ceiling

Average Budget

Average Over/(Under) Ceiling





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