Apportionment Episcopal Fund

When you hear “The Episcopal Fund,” what comes to mind? Do you think them—that’s the church across town—or do you think us?
The Episcopal Fund is, in every way, for us!
Episcopal is derived from the New Testament Greek “episkopos,” which the book of Acts and several of the pastoral letters use to indicate someone who’s an overseer of a Christian church. This is the person who’s charged with the duty of seeing that the work being done by others is done properly—and that’s exactly what our bishops do as they shepherd the life and ministry of our congregations.

Did you know the Episcopal Fund supports the work of the UM Bishops?

Your bishop, and others around the globe, are hard at work for The United Methodist Church. Bishops prayerfully determine pastoral appointments. They counsel with pastors and encourage congregations. Our bishops not only lead in the connectional ministry of the church, but you will also find them on the forefront of world issues encouraging secular leaders to incorporate faith into their decision making. This fund supports salaries, benefits and expenses. The Episcopal Fund is what supports our bishops as they support The United Methodist Church.

Did you know the Episcopal Fund was one of the original general apportioned funds of the UMC?

The Episcopal Fund was one of three general apportioned funds which were a part of the financial plan of the Methodist Church from the time of its unification in 1939.  It continued as the source of funding for the office of the episcopacy with the unification that created the United Methodist Church in 1968. All funds collected for the Episcopal Fund are sent by the Conference Treasurer’s Office to the General Council on Finance and Administration on a monthly basis and are then distributed back to our Bishop’s Office on a regular basis. All active bishops are paid the same salary based on General Conference action each quadrennium.

Did You Know the Episcopal Fund supports UM Bishops all around the world?

Your support, through your faithful giving to the Doylestown United Methodist Church, is what makes the shepherding ministry of our bishops possible. It is how we serve together as Christ’s body in the world. Today the bishops of The United Methodist Church are providing spiritual leadership to more than 12.4 million persons in a broad range of settings on four continents, including North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.
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Articles provided by United Methodist Communications