From the very beginning in Acts, the church’s ability to follow its mission depended on its ability to come together so that its many voices could be heard and their concerns addressed. Today the ability to come together every four years for General Conferences is what allows The United Methodist Church to continue its global mission and better serve its diverse membership. For some delegates, flying half-way across the world for a week-long meeting can be too expensive, but a person’s voice in the church should not come with a price tag. That’s why the General Administrative Fund pays for the travel and accommodations of general conference delegates, as well providing translators and other services. The General Administrative Fund is supported through the apportionments of local churches.