GCFA Board Holds Final Meeting of 2015
Nashville, TN – The board of directors of the General Council on Finance and Administration held its last quarterly meeting November 19-20, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.
In the meeting, the board approved the 2016 spending plans of the agencies that receive general Church apportioned funds. This is a process that is completed each year of a quadrennium.
In other financial actions, the board:
- Approved the salary levels for jurisdictional and central conference bishops in Africa and the Philippines. Central conference and jurisdictional bishops will receive a 3% increase in base salary, with the exception of bishops in Europe and Russia whose compensation is set by Committees on the Episcopacy and approved by the GCFA board.
- Elected, in support of the global nature of the Church, to provide funding for training of extended cabinets in central conferences.
- Funded a training event for central conference episcopal secretaries to be hosted in Nashville in February, 2016.
Through a partnership with the General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR), Metodistas Representando la Causa de los Hispano Americanos (MARCHA) and Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR), the United Methodist Church Development Center is expanding its work with ethnic caucuses of the Church. Beginning in 2016, the UMC Development Center will provide fundraising staff for MARCHA and BMCR to fund a variety of ministries for both groups.
The board also affirmed a recommendation of the Committee on Personnel, Policies and Procedures of the General Agencies of The United Methodist Church that revises retirement eligibility.
In additional action, the board affirmed the move to authorize a letter of credit for the issuance of debit cards to jurisdictional delegates to the 2016 General Conference.
The next meeting of the board will be February 18-19, 2016 in San Diego, California.