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Judicial Council Rules on Pay for Bishop Daniel Wandabula

Nashville, TN – The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) received Judicial Council Decision #1298 which addressed decisions made by GCFA regarding the salary of Bishop Daniel Wandabula. The Board of Directors of GCFA elected to set the bishop’s salary at a lower rate beginning in 2013 because of inconsistencies in audits conducted by the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) and a lack of financial accountabilities and controls in the East Africa Annual Conference. This ruling – in a 5 to 4 decision – reinstates the bishop’s full pay for 2013, 2014 and 2015. .

Bishop Michael Coyner, president of the Board of Directors for GCFA said “the GCFA Board acted after careful and lengthy consideration of the results of the audits, of this body’s responsibilities, and the impact such an action would have on the Church. GCFA will comply with the Decision of the Judicial Council. Accountability in our United Methodist connection is important to the Board.  The Board of Directors of GCFA is still concerned about how we fulfill our fiduciary responsibility to the whole Church as defined in ¶806.13 of The 2012 Book of Discipline when there are questions about the misuse of funds. Acting in love and unity are also important to the Board. Our actions are always based on our responsibility to care for the financial interests of the Church.” 

Moses Kumar, General Secretary and Treasurer of GCFA said “the actions of GCFA are based on our responsibilities outlined in several places in the Book of Discipline and on the adoption by the General Conference in 2012 of the Episcopal Fund as outlined in Report 5.  GCFA and GBGM have worked diligently to provide measures for accountability and stewardship in the use of Church funds. We thank the staff of GBGM for their work in reviewing audits and providing information to correct the issues. Our actions will always be to ensure the funds contributed by faithful members of The United Methodist Church are accounted for and used for their intended purpose. We will do as we are directed based on this decision.”

The next full meeting of the GCFA board is May 19-20 in Nashville, Tennessee. 

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The General Council on Finance and Administration coordinates and administers financial resources, safeguards the legal interests and rights of the Church, and provides administrative resources to enable the fulfillment of the mission of The United Methodist Church.