Find the Board’s full statement, and information on how this will be implemented, at:
Proportional giving is based on an understanding of generosity rooted in scripture. Our sacred texts remind us that all we have is a gift from God and they invite us to give joyfully in proportion to these gifts. The financial expression of proportional giving is sharing a percentage of income as a grateful response to what God has given us.
In the context of the new Southern New England Conference, Proportional Giving (PG) is a financial expression of covenant commitment by local churches to support the Conference and National UCC through sharing a percentage of local church income. It invites each of our churches to become faithful participants in a movement to make Southern New England a more just and loving part of the world.
SNEUCC leaders are committed to re-examining traditional ways of doing things, understanding the changing context of church, and imagining approaches that fit who we intend to be. In deciding on funding, giving patterns were examined, as was the Massachusetts Conference’s four-year experience with a version of PG, United Church Mission. Funding structures were considered in terms of how they support faithful ministry partnerships among all Church settings. Our mission and vision statement reminded us to embrace and encourage adaptive and transformative leadership as agents of change, and of the high value placed on forging and maintaining the best possible covenant relationships. All of these indicated that it was time to invite congregations to join in a new Conference funding approach.
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