How Local Church District Askings & Conference Apportionments are Used in the District


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Shawnee Valley District Connectional Giving  2017



EARNINGS AVAILABLE FROM OUR INVESTMENTS IF NEEDED                                                                                    $20,500

TOTAL FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR 2017                                                                                                                                        $191,500

The District Connectional Giving monies you send in to the District office as a local church will be used in our region/district in the following ways:

  1. Leadership Development - $32,000 -to enhance the leadership and ministry of local churches of all sizes. We invest in all our pastors and lay leaders through conferences, workshops and training.
  1. Discipleship Initiatives - $24,557 -to support our local prison ministries, university ministries, ministries with the poor, fresh expressions of church, etc.
  1. Lay Servant Ministry - $500
  • Local Church Lay Servant- to encourage laity to lead within their local church
  • Certified Lay Servant- to assist folks who sense a call into some form of ministry
  • Lay Speaker- to identify and train those who sense a call to future pastoral ministry
  • Lay Pastor- to equip laity to serve a church
  • Certified Lay Minister- to support those who want to further their training as lay ministers
  • Basic/Basic Refresher/Advanced Classes twice a year- to equip those who want to learn and grow
  1. Pastoral Care and Emergency Needs - $1,500 - to assist with emergency needs in the lives of our pastors
  1. Next Generations / Youth Initiatives - $5,000 - to support this program through training and mission opportunities
  1. Committee on Ordained Ministry - $600 -  to come alongside our Lay Pastors, Licensed Local Pastors, Associate Members, and Elders/Deacons
  1. Pastoral Clusters - $1,000 - to help with the purchase of study materials and other needed expenses so that pastors are being challenged to grow in their spiritual leadership
  1. Non-budgeted Investment monies are available for Strategic Ministry grants and mission outreach -$20,000
  1. District Missional Staff - $20,000 - to help coordinate, support and lead effective ministry in our regionNext Generations Coordinator- to plan events for the next generation and network leaders
  • Pastoral Cluster Coordinator- to create clusters for every pastor to participate in
  • District Committee on Ordained Ministry Coordinator- to oversee pastors in process
  • Grants Coordinator- to assist in determining the best use of monies for strategic ministry
  • Lay Servant Ministries Coordinator - to recruit and train new lay servants
  • Smaller Church Co-Coordinators - to provide resources and initiatives for our smaller churches
  • Prison Ministries Coordinator - to coordinate the district’s prison ministry
  1. District Administrative Staff- $84,943

              Administrative Assistant/Vietnam Mission Coordinator

             Finance Manager/Communications Coordinator/Disaster Relief Coordinator

We celebrate the fact that for the last 5 years, Shawnee Valley District churches have steadily increased their District Apportionment Giving from 92% in 2013 to 100% in 2017!  


In addition, for the 2013 through 2017 fiscal years, your Shawnee Valley District has helped make possible the following ministries in our district, state, country and around the globe with other monies. You are helping to make a difference in the lives of others!

Shawnee Valley District

  • Strategic Ministries Grants – The District Grants team has reviewed and awarded $213,127 to churches in the district through an application process to enhance ministries in the following areas: Leadership Development, Evangelism with a Discipleship Plan, Ministry to the Poor with a Discipleship Plan, Structural improvements or expansion of facilities as a result of outgrowing space currently - used to reach & assimilate the community into the life of the congregation
  • Emerging Ministry Grants – The Grants Team has reviewed and awarded $93,295 in grants to local churches and mission projects to assist in developing new ministries and discipleship initiatives
  • Capital Grants/Church Loans/Key Strategic Revitalization Projects - we have given $214,948 in grants at the discretion of the District Superintendent to assist with emergencies and revitalization projects and $42,050 in low interest 5 year loans
  • Jackson Area Ministries - $9,000 has been given to support JAM’s building ministries in Appalachian areas
  • Over $8,000 and many man-hours were spent in Coalton, Ohio (Jackson County) in the summer of 2015 assisting homes damaged by flash floods.
  • Next Generations / Youth Initiatives - $16,862 for special youth events, training and mission teams
  • Prison Ministry - $7,602 has been collected and will be used to purchase Bibles, etc. for those incarcerated in prisons in our area
  • Angel Tree Ministry - $6,648 was collected in 2015 to support children of those incarcerated in our district by purchasing Christmas gifts on behalf of the prisoners.



State of Ohio

  • West Ohio United Methodist Rural Advocates- $1,500 – to encourage and support our town and rural congregations so that they can be vibrant churches
  • West Ohio Conference Consultation Process - $113,049- Our District has participated in supporting several churches throughout the State including Shawnee Valley Churches: Hillsboro First, Washington Court House Grace, Cornerstone, Jackson Christ, Chillicothe Trinity and most recently, Greenfield First and Bainbridge.  (Part of the funds for this process comes from the income received from churches that have closed in our District.)
  • West Ohio Conference All in the Family Consultation-$25,679 - we have numerous churches in our district involved in this focus on families and discipleship
  • West Ohio New Church Starts - $102,225 - Ironton Resurrection Hope UMC and the Ironton First UMC were assisted in this venture. Through West Ohio Conference’s Light the Way Campaign, we will continue to contribute to this endeavor
  • Hispanic Ministry – $26,414- we have several churches and ministries reaching out to the growing Hispanic ministry in our state
  • $8,000 has been given to other Districts in the West Ohio Conference to assist in budget deficits and emergency needs.
  • Shawnee Valley District deferred their portion of district equalization funds from West Ohio Conference to Foothills District the last three years, adding up to $115,000
  • In 2016, we collected $2,576 to support Joni & Friends, who offers a family retreat at Shawnee State Park for those with disabilities.



United States

  • The SVD 3-C ERT Disaster Response Ministry has responded to many natural disasters both in Ohio and out of state
  • Through Mission Call donations, we have collected $19,564 to assist in covering training expenses and supporting teams, stocking the supply trailer and providing materials on site
  • Teams and individuals have deployed to the flood & wind event in Racine, Ohio (2014), Jackson, Ohio (2015), New Jersey (Super Storm Sandy 2013), West Virginia, South Carolina, the UMCOR Distribution Centers in Pennsylvania, Illinois & Louisiana and most recently, Texas. 
  • Cash collected for Health Kits, Flood Buckets and Hurricane relief adds up to over $12,700
  • In 2017, Health Kits were collected and taken to the Midwest Distribution Center. Value of the kits was over $900
  • Flood Buckets (Clean up Kits) were assembled and delivered to the Midwest Distribution Center in 2017. Over 1000 buckets, valued at $65 each were assembled by Shawnee Valley Churches - $65,000




       Vietnam- Since 2013, the Shawnee Valley District has invested $266,110 to help the Vietnam Church reach its people. You have invested in:

  • Health Kits for families in the remote areas
  • School Kits for families in the remote areas
  • Evangelism efforts so the good news of Christ can be shared
  • Support of pastoral leaders and the mentoring of future leaders
  • Given monies to churches for basic needs
  • Made possible a vision to create new churches and to reach the various people groups

     Imagine No Malaria- The churches and congregations of the SVD have provided over $50,000 to help curb and eventually eliminate malaria.  Another $42,000 was given by the Shawnee Valley district in matching funds in 2014.

     Operation Christmas Child – In 2016, our churches donated $3,373 in cash to support the follow-up ministry provided to children who receive a shoebox. Numerous churches are collecting and sending shoeboxes overseas through Operation Christmas Child. Each year, more churches are supporting this outreach ministry.



The Shawnee Valley District Churches have also given missional & ministry monies through our Conference apportionments since 2013.  You have made a difference in the lives of many people for the sake of Christ.  In 2017, our giving to the West Ohio Conference was $922,131, which is 78% of the total requested from our 115 churches. THANK YOU!






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TOTAL CONFERENCE connectional giving for 2017- $19,000,000


                SHV District 2017 Giving was 78% which would equal- $922,131

The Conference Connectional Giving you sent in to the Conference Center as a local church came back to our Shawnee Valley District and our Appalachian region in the following ways:

  1. New Church Start/Revitalization Grants- $123,000 will be given to 6 projects to help enhance our local churches
  • Cornerstone UMC- $8,000 (Shawnee Valley District)
  • Town and Rural Resource Program- $2,500
  • Hocking Hills UMC New Church Start- $10,000 (Foothills District)
  • Carmel-Sutton UMC- $2500 (Foothills District)
  • Zanesville Coburn UMC- $10,000 (Foothills District)
  • Central Avenue UMC- $90,000 (Foothills District)
  1.  Equitable Compensation Fund- $20,001 will be given to 2 local churches to assist in pastoral leadership in strategic locations
  1. Campus Ministry Grant- $12,000 will be given to 1 campus ministry to reach college students- Central Avenue UMC in Athens (Foothills District)
  1. Camp Otterbein in Logan- $125,000 will be given to help enhance summer camping and retreats
  1. Equalization Fund- $25,000 will be given to the Foothills District to assist with leadership development, lay servant ministry and support ministry projects in our region
  1. District Leadership-  Over $250,000 will be given to fund the role of District Superintendent in the Shawnee Valley District and the Foothills District as well as expenses that go with those 2 positions
  1. Disaster Response Coordination- $2500 will be given to assist with coordinating the response to disasters both at home and beyond.
  1. Stewardship Programs are being offered in the SHV District through the West Ohio Council on Development office in order to help our local churches thrive in ministry and mission- $5000


*$562,501 of the Conference Connectional Giving paid by our Shawnee Valley District churches will come back to directly impact our district and the Appalachian region of Ohio.


 In addition, your share of our Conference Connectional Giving helped make possible the following ministries in our conference, state, country and around the globe. There are many other ministries not listed below that your connectional giving monies are supporting. You are making a difference with your mission dollars!


West Ohio Conference


  1. Retired & Disabled Pastors and Spouses Health/Pension/Benefits- $1,970,000 will be given to support health care for over 800 retirees, their spouses, surviving spouses and clergy who are disabled. Shawnee Valley District will contribute $122,732 toward that total.
  2. The United Methodist Archives housed in the Ohio Wesleyan University Library continues to cherish and maintain the historical records of our Annual Conference and every local church. It is accessible by everyone in our Conference and provides a place to protect our rich history- $26,863


State of Ohio


  •  Campus Ministry- $113,400 – is supported at the following universities: OSU, OU, University of Toledo, Miami University, Ohio Northern University and the University of Cincinnati
  • Hispanic Ministry- $58,250 – which supports 7 projects in Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton and Toledo
  • New Church Starts- $347,500 – which supports 8 projects throughout the State
  • Revitalization Grants for 16 churches both smaller and larger- $159,500


United States


  1. Strengthening the Black Church- $21,379 to provide resources, training and new ideas for empowering ministry in 2,400 African-American churches across the United States
  2. Ministerial Education Fund- $1,146,897 to support continuing education for pastors, financial aid, scholarships for students and supplement faculty salaries at our seminaries
  3. General Commission on United Methodist Men- $16,034 to support devotionals for military personnel, Stop Hunger Now, Disciple Bible Studies in State Prisons, Scouting Ministries, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and many more ministries through UMM
  4. General Board of Discipleship- $354,088 to support Young Peoples Ministry grants, Upper Room Ministries like the Prayer Line, Equipping New Church Planters/New Congregations, Lay Servant Ministry and other crucial ministries
  5.  Young Clergy Initiative Fund- $73,490 to help prepare, nurture, educate and encourage young adults who are sensing a call to ministry through the ordination process




  1. Africa University- $102,388 will be given to provide a quality education in an African context so that persons can acquire knowledge and skills, spiritual maturity, moral values, ethics and leadership qualities
  2. General Board of Global Ministries- $1,202,563 will be given to:
  • United Methodist Committee on Relief- It is a global, humanitarian aid organization. It works in more than 80 countries and is grounded in the teachings of Jesus to alleviate human suffering. It addresses issues of hunger, poverty, sustainable agriculture and health
  • Congregational Development and Emerging churches in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America
  • Community Ministry- Programs on Substance Abuse and Related Violence, Town and Country Ministries, Cooperative Ministries and Urban Ministries
  • Mission Volunteers- Volunteers in Mission, NOMADS and Short-term Volunteers
  • Missionaries around the globe


We are a Connectional Church as United Methodists. We help people around the world and people around the world help us.  Most of what you give in your local church supports your congregation and its chosen missions as well as your community and region.  But some of what you give supports the broader church and impacts the whole world.  We are better together and our ministry is more complete when we are united in our giving.  Thank you for the part you play in the ministries of Jesus Christ through the United Methodist Church!