General Information

From the Bishop

Agenda

Amendment of the 2021 Budget Form

2020 Conference Journal Ordering Information

District Offices

Statisticians Condensed Report 2019

 


 

From the Bishop

From the Bishop

Cynthia Fierro Harvey 
Resident Bishop 

Kathryn Enix Moore
Executive Administrator to the Bishop

October 7, 2020 Friends,  

We find ourselves at a unique time in the life of the church and the world.  The word unprecedented has been used more than ever before.  I have looked for synonyms but find none more appropriate.   

We have faced multiple crises this year: COVID-19, economic crisis, crisis of racial injustice, disasters, political crisis.  Any one of these would have been enough; all at the same time have put a stress on our already stressed systems and have forced us to think differently about everything we do in our lives and in our ministry.  Pastors and laity, you have adapted to new ways of worship, you have learned all about Zoom, you have changed how you interact with people, how you learn and how you go about your daily life.  It has wearied you, but you have persevered. 

Three years ago, when we chose our theme who would have ever imagined we would find ourselves here - preparing for a virtual Annual Conference.   

We are in unprecedented, unknown and uncertain territory. YET, of one thing we remain certain, God is with us.  God was with us yesterday, is with us today and will be with us in all of our tomorrows - day after day after day…… 

I beg your patience as we live into this virtual Conference.  It will be like none before.  I will miss seeing you in person and taking our annual photos together and sharing a meal with you, but I am confident that our time together will be rich and formative as we continue to shape the United Methodist Church in this unique time.  What an opportunity we have before us! 

We will care for the essentials.  We will celebrate in worship and commission and ordain those who have looked forward to this day for a long time. 

It will be different AND God will be with us on November 21 and every day before and every day after - day after day after day after day. . . . . 

Grace and Peace, 

Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey 
Resident Bishop, Louisiana Area 
The United Methodist Church 
CFH/km

 

Agenda

Agenda

The Agenda for 2020 Annual Conference

Below is a look at the agenda for our 2020 Annual Conference.

We will gather on ZOOM, Saturday November 21, 2020 beginning at 8:45 am with pre-conference music.

  • Pre-Conference Music
  • Opening Worship/Episcopal Address
  • Memorial
  • Call to Order/Setting the Bar/Opening Motions/Rules
  • Nominations Report
  • CFA Report 
  • Board of Trustees Report
  • Pensions Repor
  • Board of Ordained Ministry Report
  • Closing Worship

 

Amendment of the 2021 Budget Form

 

2020 Conference Journal Ordering Information

 

District Offices

2020 District Offices

Acadiana

District Superintendent: Rev. Dr. Tom Dolph – tdolph@la-umc.org
703 Lee Ave. Suite 401 Lafayette, LA 70501
337-235-2904
acdistrict@la-umc.org 

Baton Rouge

District Superintendent: Rev. Jan Curwick – jancurwick@la-umc.org
(effective until Oct. 31) 3117 22nd Street Suite #4 Metairie, LA 70002
(effective Nov. 1) 5875 Canal Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70124 OR P.O. Box 24964 New Orleans, LA 70184
(physical address) 527 North Blvd. Baton Rouge, LA 70802
504-835-6330
brdistrict@la-umc.org

Lake Charles

District Superintendent: Rev. Karli Pidgeon – kpidgeon@la-umc.org
2727 Jackson St. Alexandria, LA 71301
318-528-8797
lcdistrict@la-umc.org 

Monroe

District Superintendent: Rev. Dr. Wybra Price, II – wprice@la-umc.org
P.O. Box 41188 Shreveport, LA 71134–1188
318-869-5729
mndistrict@la-umc.org 

New Orleans

District Superintendent: Rev. Jan Curwick – jancurwick@la-umc.org
(effective until Oct. 31) 3117 22nd Street Suite #4 Metairie, LA 70002
(effective Nov. 1) 5875 Canal Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70124 OR P.O. Box 24964 New Orleans, LA 70184
504-835-6330
nodistrict@la-umc.org 

Shreveport

District Superintendent: Rev. Dr. Wybra Price, Il – wprice@la-umc.org
P.O. Box 41188 Shreveport, LA 71134-1188
318-869-5729
shdistrict@la-umc.org 

 

Statisticians Condensed Report 2019

Statisticians 2019 Condensed Report

Note: As of this printing we are still collecting and correcting data from some of our churches.

A corrected and updated report will be included in the 2020 Conference Journal.

Rev. Dr. Tom Dolph, Statistician

Table 1

Membership

2018 2019

Total professing members reported at close of last year

114,626

111,959(1)

Received by Profession of Faith through confirmation

668

538

Received by Profession of Faith other than confirmation

572

491

Total Professions of Faith

1,240

1,029

Membership restored by Affirmation of Faith

64 80

Added by correction

156

111

Transferred in from another United Methodist Church

969

1,061

Transferred in from a non-United Methodist Church

797

726

Removed by Charge Conference Action

1,947

1,382

Withdrawn from Professing Membership

346

370

Removed by Correction

1,200

1,198

Transferred out to another United Methodist Church

887

487

Transferred out to a non-United Methodist Church

283

330

Deceased

1,210

1,132

Total Professing Members at the close of this year

111,840

108,904

(1)This includes members on the Conference Roll that were not reported in the 2018 total in the previous column

Ethnic Make-up

   

Asian

324

342

Black

13,255

12,725

Hispanic/Latino

363

385

Native American

267

272

Pacific Islander

99

55

White

97,290

94,870

Multiracial

244

303

Total Membership Ethnicity

111,842

108,952

Gender

   
Female

64,890

63,418

Male

46,952

45,534

Total Membership Gender

111,842

108,952

Worship    

Average Attendance at all weekly worship services

34,624

32,958

Number of persons who worship online

44,338

38,109

Baptisms

   

Number of persons baptized this year ages 0-12

752

686

Number of persons baptized this year ages 13 or older

193

278

Total number of persons baptized this year

945

964

Total baptized members not professing members

8,682

8,564

Number of other constituents of the church

16,683

16,863

Christian Formation

   

Number of CFG participants and leaders (ages 0-11)

8,208

8,256

Number of CFG participants and leaders (ages 12-18)

5,103

5,085

Number of CFG participants and leaders (ages 19-30)

2,248

2,168

Number of OTHER ADULT CFG participants and leaders

21,024

21,310

TOTAL Christian Formation Group Participants

36,583

36,819

Total enrolled in confirmation preparation classes this year

783

658

Average weekly attendance (all ages) in Sunday Church School or other weekly education classes

13,731

13,801

Number of participants in Vacation Bible School

18,958

17,640

Number of ongoing Sunday Church School Classes offered

1,519

1,435

Number of ongoing small groups or classes offered (other than Sunday Church School)

1,476

1,474

Number of support groups or small groups offered for a short term only

1,061

972

United Methodist Men

   

Membership in United Methodist Men

2,761

2,461

Amount paid for projects (UMM)

293,518

158,667

United Methodist Women

   

Membership in United Methodist Women (UMW)

5,019

4,706

Amount paid for local church and community work (UMW)

308,724

306,484

Community/Helping Ministries

   

Number of UMVIM teams sent from this local church

55

40

Number of persons sent out on UMVIM teams

418

316

Total Number of community ministries for outreach, justice, and mercy offered by church

2,320

2,564

Of the ministries, how many focus on global/regional health?

550

1,119

Of these ministries, how many focus on engaging in ministry with the poor/socially marginalized?

1,681

1,603

Number of persons from your congregation serving in mission/ community ministries

24,209

24,181

Number of persons served by community ministries for outreach, justice, and mercy

587,022

631,366

 

Table 2

Property & Other Assets

   

Market value of church-owned land, buildings, vehicles and equipment

921,581,394

849,281,269

Market value of financial and other liquid assets

118,984,811

121,927,050

Debt secured by church physical assets

26,248,996

24,668,531

Other debt

1,994,671

2,459,069

Apportionments

   

Apportioned to the local church by the Conference

7,517,284

7,426,725

Apportioned to the local church by the District

687,302

685,704

Paid by the local church by the Conference for all apportioned causes

6,984,951

6,696,973

Paid by the local church to the District for all apportioned causes

629,167

651,855

Benevolences

   

General Advance Specials (funds paid through the conference treasurer)

64,436

91,215

World Service Specials

0 0

Annual Conference Advance Specials

62,847 80,720

Youth Service Fund

2,745

3,186

All other funds sent to Conference for connectional mission and ministry

45,742

33,924

Total Annual Conference Special Sundays Offerings

2,695

1,594

Human Relations Sunday

5,627

7,147

UMCOR Sunday (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing)

55,107

24,498

Peace with Justice Sunday

6,026

5,547

Native American Ministries Sunday

8,998

6,891

World Communion Sunday

8,731

7,987

U.M. Student Day

5,882

4,412

Given directly to United Methodist causes (not sent to Conference)

693,107

446,395

Total amount given to non-United Methodist benevolent and cha

21,155,237

21,084,359

Local Church Expenditures

Clergy

   

Total paid for direct-billed clergy pension

2,279,286

2,181,758

Total paid for direct-billed clergy health benefits

2,911,994

2,811,954

Base compensation paid to/for the Senior Pastor

11,309,374

11,198,340

Base compensation paid to/for all Associate Pastor(s)

1,595,204

1,490,973

Base compensation paid to/for any Deacons not included above

170,231

256,541

Housing benefits paid to/for Lead Pastor

2,987,574

2,795,047

Housing benefits paid to/for all Associate Pastor(s)

614,929

553,437

Housing benefits paid to/for any Deacons not included above.

74,946

86,457

TOTAL HOUSING BENEFITS PAID for All Pastors

3,677,449

3,434,941

Total amount paid to/for all pastors for accountable reimbursements

1,268,047

1,206,020

Total amount paid to/for all pastors for any other cash allowances.

0

0

Non-Clergy Expenses

   

Total amount paid in salary and benefits for all other church staff.

22,208,962

21,961,281

Total amount spent for local church program expenses

3,613,958

3,887,579

Total amount spent on all other current operating expenses.

12,861,527

12,652,617

Amount paid for property insurance premium

6,336,000

5,175,104

Total amount spent for other local church operating expenses

19,197,527

17,827,721

Total amount paid for principal and interest

4,051,209

4,904,901

Total amount paid on capital expenditures

8,825,772

11,730,383

TOTAL AMOUNT PAID BY THE LOCAL CHURCH

110,775,365

111,985,190

 

Table 3

Received for Budget Expenditures

   

Number of giving units 

33,832

32,888

Amount received through pledges

43,722,992

43,373,517

Amount received from non-pledging, but identified givers

31,246,301

30,893,061

Amount received from unidentified givers

2,710,229

2,670,353

Amount received from interest and dividends and/or transferred from liquid assets

1,198,728

1,596,965

Amount received from Sale of Church Assets

385,617

68,638

Amount received through building use fees, contributions, and rentals

2,301,477

2,950,495

Amount received through fundraisers and other sources

9,690,483

10,463,527

Total income for annual budget/spending plan

91,255,827 92,016,556

Received for Capital/Special Project Expenditures

   

Capital campaigns

5,363,526

6,996,954

Memorials, endowments, and bequests

2,733,084

3,344,634

Funds from other sources and projects, including sale of buildings

5,568,528

6,781,579

Amount received for Special Sundays, General Advance Specials, World Service Specials, Conference Advance Specials and other forms of directed benevolent (charitable) giving

1,147,765

845,532

Total income for designated causes including capital campaign and other special projects

14,812,903

17,968,699

Received From Other Sources

   

Equitable Compensation Funds received by Church or Pastor

33,477

36,210

Advance Special, apportioned, and connectional funds received by church

121,462

97,404

Other grants and financial support from institutional sources

336,426

937,195

Total income from connectional and other institutional sources outside the local church

491,365

1,070,809

TOTAL AMOUNT RECEIVED BY THE LOCAL CHURCH

106,560,095

111,056,064

 
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