Aligning The United Methodist Church for greater missional impact around the world has been and will continue to be at the heart of the work of the Connectional Table. The Connectional Table’s primary objectives for the 2017 – 2020 quadrennium are to increase the capacity of the United Methodist connection to focus on:
- Building relationships for deeper collaboration in a worldwide connection based on values expressed in ¶125;
- Coordinating strategies to focus and steward the resources of the church; and
- Connecting the story of The United Methodist Church's identity, mission and vision for our worldwide church.
The Connectional Table (CT) is mandated by The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church to make allocations to five apportioned funds: World Service, Africa University, Black College Fund, Ministerial Education Fund, and the Interdenominational Cooperation Fund, (cf. BOD ¶806.1B, 806.2 In conversation with the CT, The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) determines, the amount available for allocations, (cf. BOD¶806.1b.1). Once a recommendation is reached the CT and GCFA are to agree on the budget proposal that is sent to the General Conference (cf. BOD¶806.1b.2).
GCFA has made the determination that $358,579,025 is available for allocation to the five funds for the 2021-2024 quadrennium. After receiving affirmation from the boards of both the Connectional Table (CT) and the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA), the CT’s recommended funding allocation for the 2021-2024 quadrennium will go to General Conference 2020.