The General Administration Fund supports the critical administrative work of the UMC?
The General Administration Fund supports the critical work of the church that's less visible than many of our other missional expressions. This fund underwrites and finances general church activities that are administrative in nature, rather than program-related. Through the General Administration Fund, United Methodists implement a trustworthy system of administrative oversight and fiscal accountability; underwrite the legislative work of General Conference; fund the work of the Judicial Council to adjudicate questions of Church law; maintain United Methodism's official documents and historical artifacts; and designate historical shrines, landmarks and sites. It also funds the work of General Council on Finance and Administration that coordinates and administers the finances of the church, receives, disburses and accounts for the church's general funds, safeguards the denomination's legal interests and rights, compiles and publishes denominational statistics and maintains the church's records.
ABOUT THE GENERAL ADMINISTRATION FUND (GAF)
The General Administration Fund is one of seven apportioned funds of The United Methodist Church. The main way we support the ministries of the church is through our apportioned funds, a method of giving that proportionally allocates the churchwide budget to conferences and local churches. The General Administration fund finances the administrative function of the denomination's general activities and is what enables The United Methodist Church to function most effectively. It provides for the expenses of the sessions of the General Conference, the Judicial Council, covers the administrative functions of the General Council on Finance and Administration, the operating costs for the General Commission on Archives and History and maintenance of historic shrines, landmarks and sites. It funds the safeguarding of our denomination's legal interests and rights and the managing of The United Methodist Foundation. The General Administration Fund was established as part of the original financial plan of the Methodist Church at its unification in 1939.