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    United Methodists of Upper New YorkLiving the Gospel. Being God's Love.

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    Proposed 2022 Budget approved at Annual Conference

    June 18, 2021 / By Tara Barnes

    On June 18, the proposed 2022 Ministry Share Budget was presented to the 2021 Upper New York (UNY) Annual Conference by Holly Roush, chair of the UNY Conference Council on Finance and Administration.

    Holly reported that thanks to reduced spending, a Paycheck Protection Plan loan, and generous giving by individuals in the UNY Conference, 2021 ended with a budget surplus of $600,000.

    The Conference was able to offer a Ministry Shares credit to local churches in May 2021, and 625 churches took advantage of the offering. Holly also celebrated that 586 churches paid their Ministry Shares in full.   

    To create the budget, the council works with Conference committee chairs to get the budget down to “real numbers,” Holly said, and find cost savings wherever possible while supporting vital ministries.

    The 2022 revised budget represents a reduction of $725,000 from the 2021 budget.

    “We as your Council on Finance and Administration believe that this budget as presented is a working plan that allows us to allocate costs and collect ministry shares to support the work that you, as an annual conference, are called by God to do,” said Holly.

    A question on a budget reduction for the Media Resource Center was answered by the Rev. Bill Gottschalk-Fielding, Director of Connectional Ministries, who also answered a question about when staff will return to work at the Conference Center, which will be in July.

    Conference Treasurer Bob Flask replied to a question on the sources for episcopal and District Superintendent salaries.

    The 2022 proposed budget was supported as presented, and the entire report was adopted. The 2022 budget can be found in the updates to the Journal

    TAGGED / Annual Conference 2021

    With more than 100,000 members, United Methodists of Upper New York comprises of more than 675 local churches and New Faith Communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our vision is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."