Posts Tagged ‘connectional’

Generous Stewards — Cooperative and Connectional

I got to thinking: What are the primary attributes of generous stewards, as they manage, share and use the gifts God has entrusted to them? For me, it comes down to four sets of “C”s. The first set is “cooperative and connectional.” Generous stewards tend to choose connection over competition with others. An intriguing article…

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Apportionments One-Liners

ONE-LINERS ABOUT APPORTIONMENTS FOR YOUR CHURCH BULLETIN OR NEWSLETTER 1 Apportionments are our shared connectional ministries a way to reach out to transform lives beyond the reach of any single congregation. 2 Not a tax but real, live ministry! Through Apportionments, we sustain vital work through hundreds of channels nearby and around the world. 3…

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Mission Shares Part 1: Long Arms and Jesus’ Feet

God doesn’t work just with United Methodists. We can glimpse God’s activity all around us! So why participate in God’s work through our Apportionments, or “Mission Shares”? For starters, it has to do with long arms and Jesus’ feet. First of all, our Mission Shares really do support mission.  “It’s an amazing thing when people…

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Mission Shares Part 2: The Local-Global Balance

Okay, so it’s an art keeping local and global ministries in a healthy balance. But paying our Conference Mission Shares helps us hugely on both fronts. To begin with, Mission Shares help us fight consumerism. Yes, our whole society swims in those waters. But the consumer attitude can seep into our churches – like the…

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Connectivity

A new publication launching this month called Brain Connectivity is a peer-reviewed journal by neuroscientists to help people understand how the human brain makes connections. The connections include when the brain is healthy, but also when it is dealing with disorders such as Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, stroke, and depression. The start of this new journal coincides…

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Ways Local Churches Can Increase Their Apportionment Payments and Lift Up Our Shared Ministries Connectional Giving

+ Highlight one Apportionment category in worship on the second Sunday of each month, with a special offering for that ministry. Publicize beforehand in church newsletter, bulletin, and bulletin board. Emphasize the 4 Annual Conference Apportionments over four months, the 2 Jurisdictional Apportionments together one month, and the 7 General Church Apportionments over 7 months.…

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