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Apportionments paid help aid our connection

Posted: February 20 2023 at 10:07 PM

100% Apportionment churches

Arlington Heights: First*
Algonquin: Christ
Apple River
Argo Fay*
Aurora: Wesley
Belvidere: First
Bolingbrook: Crossroads of Faith*
Bolingbrook: Friendship
Brookfield Compassion
Buffalo Grove: Kingswood*
Carol Stream: St. Andrew
Chadwick: Hope
Chicago: Adalberto Memorial
Chicago: Berry Memorial
Chicago: Big Shoulders
Chicago: Chicago Lawn
Chicago: Clair Christian*
Chicago: Edison Park
Chicago: El Redentor/Redeemer of Calvary*
Chicago: Englewood/Rust
Chicago: Faith
Chicago: First (Temple)
Chicago: Hartzell Memorial
Chicago: Humboldt Park
Chicago: Hyde Park Korean
Chicago: Indo Pak
Chicago: Lincoln
Chicago: Morgan Park
Chicago: Parish of the Holy Covenant
Chicago: Ravenswood Fellowship
Chicago: Resurrection
Chicago: South Shore
Chicago: Southlawn
Chicago: St. Mark
Chicago: Union Avenue
Chicago: United Church of Rogers Park
Chicago: Wesley*
Chicago: West Ridge
Dakota Rock Grove*
Davis Junction*
Deerfield: Christ
DeKalb: First
Des Plaines: First
Des Plaines: Neuvo Amanecer
Dixon: Grace
Downers Grove: First
Elgin: Journey of Hope
Elk Grove: Prince of Peace
Elmhurst: Christ
Evanston: Emmanuel
Evanston: First*
Evanston: Sherman
Evergreen Park: First
Flowing Fourth (Closed)
Franklin Park: First
Freeport: Harmony
Freeport: Red Oak
German Valley
Green Garden*
Hampshire: Zion
Harvey: Transformation Community
Hinckley: First
Joliet: Grace
Joliet: Hope
Kirkland: First
Leaf River
Lockport: First
Lombard: Frist
Machesney Park: New Life UMC
Maple Park: Grace
McHenry: Mount Hope
Melrose Park: Cosmopolitan
Mendota: First
Mendota: Zion
Morris: First*
Mount Carroll
Mount Morris: Disciples
Mount Prospect: Sam Mool Korean
Mount Prospect: Trinity
Naperville: Community
New Lenox*
Northbrook: Northbrook
Oak Lawn: First
Oak Park: Euclid Avenue
Oak Park: First
Orland Park: Faith *
Oswego: Good Shepherd
Oswego: Wellspring
Ottawa: First
Park Forest: Grace United Protestant
Park Ridge: First
Paw Paw
Polo: Faith  
Poplar Grove
Princeton: First*
Red Oak (Bureau)*
River Forest
Rockford: Aldersgate*
Rockford: Beth Eden
Rockford: Centennial Multicultural
Rockford: Christ
Rockford: Evans*
Rockford: Grace*
Rockford: Harlem
Sandwich: United
Scales Mound
Schaumburg: Our Redeemer's
Schaumburg: Our Saviour's
Seneca: First
Shannon: Bethel
Skokie: Central
Skokie: Jesus Loves Korean (NFC)
South Elgin: Community
Sterling: First
Sterling: Wesley*
Stockton: Wesley
Sugar Grove
Van Brocklin - Florence
Waukegan: First
Wheaton: Aldersgate
Wheaton: Gary
Wheeling: First Korean
Winthrop Harbor: North Prairie
Yorkville: Trinity
Zion: Memorial

* Notes 10 year + churches

Because of your apportionment giving in 2022, the Northern Illinois Conference will be able to help fund the conference budget for programs and ministries both locally and globally. Apportionments denote an understanding that the purpose of the church is not just to care for its members, but also to reach beyond itself to engage with the world, minister to the world, and be in mission to the world. They are used to fund our church's global mission and witness, to help provide the necessary structure to respond in moments of crisis locally, nationally, and internationally, and to develop and nurture the leaders we need today and tomorrow.

“During a time of financial uncertainly, we are blessed and thankful for our many churches that fulfill their apportionments to allow the Conference to continue our mission as United Methodists,” Lonnie Chaffin, Conference Treasurer, expressed. The Northern Illinois Conference is thankful to its many churches for their faithful apportionment giving and celebrates those who paid in full. In 2022, 173 churches paid 100% of their calculated apportionments compared to 198 in 2021.

“As I meet lay and clergy across the Northern Illinois Conference, I am excited about the deep faith, creativity, and missional heart I am experiencing. The 2022 report on apportionments is a witness to this strength and deeply rooted understanding of God’s abundance,” commented Bishop Schwerin. “I look forward to our growth together in the years to come as we build on this work and strengthen our stewardship to reach discipleship of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We are more powerful together.”

The Conference also celebrates the 35 churches that have consistently paid 100% for at least ten years. Grace UMC in Rockford is one of the churches that has paid their apportionments for at least the last 10 years. Rev. Sejoon Jang shared, “We believe it is a privilege to give to apportionments. We can do more & better together than we can alone. Together we can do things that a single individual church just can't do alone.”

Because of generous and faithful giving in our local churches in 2022, the Northern Illinois Conference was able to pay $1,366,179 to General Church apportionments and fully fund the conference budget. This payment represents a full payment of what our apportionment share would have been if the 2020 General Conference had been able to meet and approve the proposed budget for the next quadrennium (2021-2024). However, since the 2020 General Conference did not occur, Annual Conferences have been billed based on the budget passed for 2017-2020. The NIC apportionment share for 2022 was set at $1,823,221. Our payment represents about 75% of this amount. “The Conference Council on Finance and Administration (CCFA) is grateful for our local churches' continued generosity and faithfulness that allow us to be in ministry not only in Northern Illinois but worldwide through our general church apportionment giving,” voiced Rev. Tammy Scott, CCFA chair.
In 2022, the NIC received $4,305,601 in Conference apportionments and $579,593 for General Church apportionments. The Conference apportionments received exceeded our estimates by $259k. The amount we received for General Church apportionments represents about 37% of what was apportioned. So, how did we get $1.3M for our General Church apportionment? We started with the nearly $580k that was designated for the General Church. Then we added about $660k from the Conference apportionment receipts and about $100k from reserves that CCFA designated as available to reach 100% payment of the $1.366M General Church apportionment.
“We appreciate the generosity and faithfulness to our shared ministry from the churches in Northern Illinois. Thank you for all you are doing to make disciples of Jesus Christ for transforming the world in your local communities, the NIC, and The UMC,” said Scott.  “Together, we are reaching new people, changing lives, and shining the light of Christ into the world.”

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