Methodism's founder John Wesley encouraged his followers to spread the good news, transform hopelessness into hope and assist God's children wherever they may be. We gather regularly with our congregation and put money into the offering plate, and through a carefully crafted system of United Methodist mission and ministry, our gifts stretch around the world.
Your contributions to your local church have regional, national and international impact through our connectional giving system. Most of the money you give supports your local church's work. A small portion funds regional ministries. A portion of your giving goes to the general church to fund programs nationally and internationally, agreed upon by General Conference delegates. We share the cost of these ministries, with each local church being responsible for contributing a fair portion or "apportionment."
We can go beyond these primary gifts and contribute to additional ministries through the Advance and churchwide Special Sundays with offerings. The Advance offers an opportunity to contribute to specific programs, missionaries and ministries of the giver's choice. Six times a year, Special Sundays focus churchwide attention on specific ministries such as promoting peace and justice and providing scholarships and student loans.