Shared Ministry Giving as of August 2015

Dear Pastor,

On behalf of the Northern Shore District and the Greater NJ Annual Conference, I want to express my gratitude for you and your congregation's faithful ministry.  As United Methodists we are connectional and believe that together we can do more and better ministry.  Your generous giving and stewardship toward maintaining 100% of your Shared Ministries enables us to continue to move forward with what God is calling us to do locally, nationally and globally.  Let me share some examples of how our ministry is more powerful because of our connection:
Through the Clergy Support and Administration Fund the denomination pays for administrative support staff, district superintendents, annual conference sessions and provides equitable compensation for clergy working in places that need a full-time pastoral presence but are not quite able to pay the full amount to salary and benefits.  The largest portion of the clergy support goes to fully fund retiree health-care, providing quality care to our retired clergy and their families.
Through the World Service Fund you're faithful giving goes beyond the walls of your church changing lives all over the world through our connection as United Methodists.  When we fully support our world service apportionment we do significant work with the poor, improve global health, plant new congregations, and nurture and grow spiritual leaders at home and all over the world.  This fund also provides valuable programs and resources available to the local church, like conference and district programs and conference resource staff.
Your ongoing commitment helps make all of this ministry possible. Please share my appreciation and gratitude with your congregation and community.  I personally want to thank you as well for your leadership as we journey together in ministry on the Northern Shore.
Serving Christ together,
Rev. Dr. Gina Hendrickson
District Superintendent, Northern Shore
The United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey