Apportionment Interdenominational Cooperation Fund

While we’re proud of what makes The United Methodist Church distinct, we’re also committed to recognizing and celebrating the presence and work of Jesus Christ among other Christian fellowships throughout the world.
Ignited by Jesus’ prayer, in John 17:21, that the Church’s unity would reflect Jesus’ own oneness with his Father, we’re fostering approaches to ministry and mission that more fully reflect the oneness of Christ’s church in the world.
Being a global church’s means you have to be concerned about the wellbeing of other Christians around the world. The Interdenominational Cooperation Fund (ICF) enables United Methodists to share a presence and a voice in the activities of several national and worldwide ecumenical organizations. It provides the United Methodist share of the basic budgets of these organizations.
Together we stand as an ecumenical front to globally make a difference. Even though our customs may differ, promoting basic human rights in every corner of the world is the basic mission of the ICF. Giving towards the ICF helps Christians around the world stand together for those who are marginalized and persecuted for speaking about their faith.
In 1952, the General Conference agreed to share in the basic budget with other organizations to help provide for the budget of the National Council of Churches and World Council of Churches.

Did You Know the UMC helps support 5 ecumenical organizations?

We’re partnering with the larger church to share the good news of Christ together and joining our voices with Christians around the world to advocate for peace and justice. The Interdenominational Cooperation Fund supports an array of important ministries operating through various ecumenical bodies such as National Council of Church of Christ in the USA, Pan-Methodist Commission, World Council of Churches, Churches Uniting in Christ and World Methodist Council.

To help in the basic mission for basic human rights, the United Methodist fund joins with other ecumenical organizations to give voice to those who are unable. 

The World Methodist Council

The World Methodist Council is a worldwide association of 80 Methodist, Wesleyan and related Uniting and United Churches representing over 40.5 million members.  It engages, empowers and serves the member Churches by encouraging Methodist unity in witness, facilitating mission in the world, and fostering ecumenical and inter-religious activities.  It promotes obedience to the Great Commandment of Jesus Christ to love God and neighbor and to fulfill the Great Commission to make disciples through vibrant evangelism, a prophetic voice, cooperative programs, faithful worship and mutual learning.

Churches Uniting in Christ

After forty years of study and prayer through the Consultation on Church Union (COCU), the member churches agreed to stop “consulting” and start living their unity in Christ more fully. These churches inaugurated a new relationship to be known as Churches Uniting in Christ (CUIC). Each communion retains its own identity and decision-making structures, but they also have pledged before God to draw closer in sacred.

National Council of Churches

Since 1950, the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) has served as a leading voice of witness to the living Christ. NCC unifies a diverse covenant community of 38 member communions and over 40 million individuals –100,000 congregations from Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox, Evangelical, historic African-American, and Living Peace traditions – in a common commitment to advocate and represent God’s love and promise of unity in our public square. NCC partners with secular and interfaith partners to advance a shared agenda of peace, progress, and positive change.

Your giving to the Doylestown United Methodist Church makes shared ministry through Christ’s body possible today. Because of it, The United Methodist Church is able to partner with other Christians to witness together to the hope we have in Jesus Christ.

Jesus’ prayer to his Father, at the end of his earthly ministry, was that his church would be one:
“I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” (John 17:20-23, NRSV)
So that the world may know!
If you feel inspired to help us spread His word throughout the world, please consider contributing.
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