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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


Apportionment Africa University

Because of generous gifts to this The Africa University Fund, Africa’s new generation of leaders is better prepared and equipped to prevent conflict and resolve conflict and build lasting peace on the continent.
The Africa University Fund is one of seven “apportionment funds” that DUMC contributes to from our annual offerings. Thank you for your support of DUMC and the Africa University Fund.
Africa University is the first and only fully-accredited institution of higher learning established on the African continent by action of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church in 1988. For over 25 years Africa University has shaped the lives of thousands of young people all over the continent of Africa by equipping them with the knowledge to alleviate poverty, build peace, stability and drive development. Most of the graduates return to their home country to make a difference. Because of generous gifts to this The Africa University Fund, Africa’s new generation of leaders is better prepared and equipped to prevent conflict and resolve conflict and build lasting peace on the continent. This fund is managed through the office of Africa University Development office.

Did you know more than 8,500 students have graduated from AFrica University Over the last 25 years?


Did you know your gifts to the africa university fund supported over 1,800 students from 29 countries? 

Africa University students arrive from across Africa with big dreams and high hopes. Most are first-generation college students. These graduates called and committed to serve God in communities across the continent and in mission settings around the world. 

Did you know over 90% of Africa University Graduates Return Home To improve the quality of life in their communities?


Did you know over $1.5 million in Africa University scholarships are awarded annually? 

Thanks to your gifts students earn bachelors, master’s and doctoral degrees in health, agriculture and natural sciences; social sciences, theology, humanities and education; and business, peace, leadership and governance.
Three decades ago, when African bishops of The United Methodist Church surveyed the emerging socio-economic and political needs in their countries, they called on the church to invest in higher education in Africa. At the cry of Bishops Arthur Kulah and Emilio J.M. de Carvalho—for “a university for all of Africa”—The United Methodist Church worldwide responded.
Today we’re still investing in Zimbabwe’s first private university for young men and women from all over Africa. These promising leaders are being equipped to transform their content through dynamic programs that include: agriculture and natural resources, education, health sciences, humanities and social sciences, management and administration and theology. The Institute of Peace, Leadership and Governance offers postgraduate diplomas and master’s programs.
By the turn of this century, one-fifth of the world’s population will live in Africa. This is why it’s so crucial that Africa’s greatest needs—sustainable agriculture, disease prevention, ethical leadership and governance, and more—continue to be impacted by Africa University’s 4000+ graduates.

Propelling Christ’s Ministry In Africa

Africa University’s strong reputation is based on the relevance and impact of its efforts. Teaching at Africa University emphasizes the practical application of knowledge to alleviate poverty, build peace and stability and drive development.
The desire of the university’s founders was to nurture an institution that would be deeply rooted in Africa—drawing its agenda and priorities from the challenges of African communities and combining the social wisdom and indigenous know-how of African people with new knowledge to aid development and improve quality of life on the continent.
When you give, you equip indigenous solution-finders who are tackling some of their continent’s most pressing challenges with wisdom, innovation and spiritual maturity.
Because of your generosity to the Doylestown United Methodist church, The United Methodist Church is making a difference in Africa.
If you feel inspired to give to the Doylestown United Methodist church, click on the “Give Now” button below.
Articles provide by United Methodist Communications


Apportionment World Service Fund

If The United Methodist Church were to reflect the ministry of Jesus in our life together, we’d be doing the things he did:
Jesus discipled those who would lead his church
Jesus welcomed those who didn’t know his Father, and those who did
Jesus met the physical and spiritual needs of the poor
Jesus healed the sick
Have you ever wondered if our church is doing those things?
The people of The United Methodist Church are engaging the world by imitating the ministry of Jesus—and the World Service Fund makes our Christian outreach possible.
The UMC is building leaders, like Jesus did. We’re sharing his love with those who hunger for it and shepherding those who’ve already tasted it. Like Jesus, we’re ministering among the poor. And we reflect his healing touch as we battle disease and fight to improve global health, all through the World Service Fund. 

World Service Fund

The World Service Fund is one of seven apportioned funds of The United Methodist Church and is the cornerstone for the funding of the connectional system of the United Methodist Church. The World Service Fund provides basic financial support to general agencies, which are especially important to the common vision, mission, and ministry of The United Methodist Church. Through World Service funding, agencies support annual conferences and local congregations in living out God’s mission for the worldwide Church. General agencies also provide essential services and ministries beyond the scope of individual local congregations and annual conferences through services and ministries that are highly focused, flexible, and capable of rapid response.

Did You know UM World Service Funds address poverty and ministry with the poor?

Vital congregations reflect God’s transforming love into their communities and around the world. As United Methodists, we will challenge and transform broken systems and structures that create and perpetuate poverty. Leveraging connections and partnerships within and beyond The United Methodist Church, we can transform communities and open doors for children to a more promising future. Through the apportioned giving through the World Service Fund we envision the people called United Methodists engaging in at least 400 partnerships that focus on ministry with poor people and communities.

Did you know UM World Service Funds Help support health all over the world?

One of the four areas of focus for the United Methodist Church is Abundant Health for all. This initiative has a vision to reach 1 million children with life-saving interventions. We believe every child is a life filled with promise and potential, yet, every five seconds a child dies from preventable causes. The United Methodist Church has a sacred calling to ensure abundant health for all children, engaging disciples to be agents of God’s healing transformation in the world by educating, administer direct health services to those in need, and increased access to medical care. There is a global movement to significantly improve health for all people by 2035, with a specific goal of saving the lives of 15 million children by 2020. This work can be reached through the World Service apportioned funds.


Did You Know UM World Service Funds Help to Develop Principled Christian Leaders?

The United Methodist Church needs leaders – clergy and laity – to fulfill God’s mission for the Church and the world. United Methodist believe nurturing God’s call to Christian leadership is essential. One on the four areas of focus for the Church is the calling and shaping principled Christian leaders. We celebrate the many innovative approaches to developing principled Christian leaders, but also see the need to strengthen a culture of call throughout the Church so that every disciple’s leadership potential can be realized. This work is supported through the World Service apportioned funds.


Did you Know World Service Funds Help create new places of worship for new people?

Creating new, vital, faith communities is critical to the task of making new disciples and transforming the world. One of the four areas of focus for the Church is to create and sustain new places for new people with a vision of 1,000,000 new disciples who profess their faith through renewed and new faith communities around the world. A faith community is a group that gathers under the lordship of Jesus Christ to worship, engage, and send. It is within faith communities that we receive new disciples through professions of faith and increase professions of faith. Some of this work is accomplished through the World Service apportioned funds.

Did you know World Service Funds Provide Funding for the administrative structure of the United Methodist Church?

World Service dollars provide funds for the administrative structure of our church. It represents the minimum needs of the denomination’s general agencies which serve as a resource to local churches and as an extension of local churches in ministry and mission on a conference, national and world level. The major thrust in mission giving in our church begins here. Because our contributions to World Service cover overhead expenses for our general agencies, every dollar given to relief efforts goes directly to people in need and every dollar given to support the work of mission personnel goes directly to that personnel.


Your faithful giving makes the heart-changing and world-transforming ministry of Jesus possible today. Because of your generosity, The United Methodist Church continues to share good news with the world God loves. Bishop Mary Ann Swenson explained why the World Service Fund is so very vital to the ministry of the UMC, “It is a way in which neighbor helps neighbor, and it helps Christians reach out all around the world.” She continues, “World Service Fund is everything that defines our church. It is the way that we connect together, the way that we become powerful in our response to injustice and to poverty, and to tragedy, and to need.”
When you contribute to the Doylestown United Methodist Church, two percent of your giving goes towards the collecting United Methodist Church apportionment funds.  One of those funds is the World Service Fund.  If you feel called to help, please click the button below.
Articles provided by United Methodist Communications


Selah Thank You

We hope you have joined us in Selah moments over these past several weeks and invite you to continue to find moments within your own lives to:



Thank you for your prayerful generosity!



JUNE Mission of the Month

Immigrant Rights Action is DUMC’s mission of the month for June

Think of how frightened someone must be to leave their home. They pack a few belongings for the arduous trip, often with children in tow hoping a relative will take them in. A long journey begins from Afghanistan, Ukraine, or Central/South America, often involving many stops in unfamiliar areas.

These are the exiles of today like we have been discussing in our Bible study. People forced from their homes by war, famine, unstable governments, and the desire for a better life. We are called by Jesus to help the stranger, and give aid to those in need without judgment, just as he did. This is not a border issue nor a political stance. This is about helping those in need.


Immigrants Rights Action (IRA) is a relatively new nonprofit in Doylestown helping refugees that are already here and giving them dignity. They meet their needs in many ways. They speak their language or find a translator or use Google to communicate with them. The IRA can access and support their basic needs such as food, clothing, healthcare, and shelter. They help with many of the administrative tasks of adjusting to life in a new community, including enrolling children in school, getting documents for a driver’s license and employment. The language barrier and fact that everything is done online is challenging.


With a staff of 3, Immigrant Rights Action were able to assist over 700 people last year. These people need a fresh start in a safe place. We have selected Immigrant Rights Action as the Mission of the Month to raise awareness at DUMC. Immigrant Rights Action is now recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice as the only non-profit legal immigration services provider in Bucks County. They receive no federal or state funds.


We encourage you to tell others about this growing organization in our community. Please consider donating monetarily. Other ways you can help is by putting your name on a volunteer list. You can volunteer to be in the office one day (office hours 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Tuesday – Thursday), to be a driver to legal consultations and court hearings, donate gift cards to grocery stores or department stores, or collect new underwear and new socks.  We’ll have a donation bin in the lobby.  More info can be found on their website at: Immigrant Rights Action | Immigrant Rights


Your support makes a difference in the life of your neighbors and they are grateful for every donation. Together we can impact people’s lives for the better.