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There are Seven Apportioned Funds approved by General Conference:

The World Service Fund is the heart of our denomination-wide ministry, underwriting Christian mission and ministry around the world.  This fund strenghtens our evangelism efforts, stimulates church growth, expands Bible studies and enriches spiritual commitment. By giving to the World Service Fund we help God's children everywhere shape the lives of tomorrow's leaders and proclaim our Christian faith. 

The World Service Fund truly demonstrates the Mission of the United Methodist Church by:

  • Supporting specific local church work with children, youth, students, persons who are mentally and physically challenged, adults and older persons;
  • Providing leadership and coordination for denominational ministry with youth; 
  • Continuing nearly 200 years of commitment to quality college and graduate education; 
  • Certifying United Methodist professional Christian educators, communicators and musicians; 
  • Assuring United Methodists speak and work to help encourage a more ethical, just and human world; 
  • Continuing a proud tradition of cooperation and dialogue with other faith traditions through interdenominational and ecumenical work; 
  • Giving our denomination a presence in the mass media and making new communications technologies accessible to the church.

The Africa University Fund:

  • continues the development of the first private university for young men and women from all over Africa; and
  • offers post-secondary education for students through colleges of agriculture and natural resources, management and administration, theology, education, health sciences, and humanities and social services, and post graduate faculties in agriculture, management and administration, theology, health sciences, and peace and governance.


The Black College Fund:

  • helps these institutions to maintain solid, challenging academic programs; strong faculties; and well-equipped buildings;
  • creates vibrant spiritual environments which encourage pride and self-esteem in the accomplishments of African-Americans;
  • provides opportunities for students to interact with academic staffs that serve as strong cultural and spiritual mentors; and
  • prepares and educates people for the new global and technological world, but never veer from an academic excellence based on the Christian perspective of community service and social responsibility.



The Episcopal Fund:

  • pays the salaries of our bishops;
  • pays the expenses of the episcopal offices;
  • supports, in part, the costs of providing and maintaining episcopal residences;
  • provides pension and health benefit coverage for bishops and their families and disability coverage for bishops;
  • covers the costs of episcopal travel and meeting expenses;
  • defrays the moving expenses; and
  • provides pensions for surviving spouses, and minor children of deceased bishops.

The General Administration Fund:

  • implements a trustworthy system of administrative oversight and fiscal accountability;
  • underwrites the legislative work of General Conference;
  • funds the work of the Judicial Council to adjudicate questions of church law;
  • maintains United Methodism's official documents and historical artifacts; and
  • designates historical shrines, landmarks and sites.


The Interdenominational Cooperation Fund:

  • enables United Methodists to have an effective presence in the activities of several national and worldwide ecumenical organizations;
  • provides the United Methodist share of the basic budgets of those organizations which relate to the ecumenical responsibilities of the Council of Bishops and the Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relations;
  • Pays for the travel expenses of United Methodist representatives to meetings of these organizations.


The Ministerial Education Fund Apportionment  

  • enables our churches to unify and expand financial support for the recruitment and education of our future pastors and bishops; and
  • equips our annual conferences to meet the increased needs of people in the ministry.
  • For most United Methodist seminaries, Ministerial Education Fund (MEF) disbursement accounts for 12 to 20 percent of their annual budget.
  • 25% of the receipts assist candidates for ministry, to support continuing education for pastors and clergy recruitment and to provide financial aid for students in your annual conference.
  • 75% is disbursed to the 13 United Methodist seminaries to assist candidates for ordained ministry through scholarships and faculty salaries. It also goes to the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry to support the work of the Division of Ordained Ministry.