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Christ Church, Tenn Agrees to Explore Separate Giving

formerly: Christ Church Members Seek to Remove a Stumbling Block to Christian Giving


The Administrative Board, Christ United Methodist Church, Memphis voted to explore the possibility of removing a stumbling block to Christian giving which has be created by the various controversies facing the United Methodist Church and the payment of apportionments which seem to lend financial support to the same.  Because of these controversies facing the church, regular giving has be down at Christ Church.  A significant group of members cannot give in good conscience to their church's operating budget because a portion (approximately 20%) is used to pay apportionments.

Although the decision was made at the July 7, 1998 Administrative Council to postpone consideration of Executive Council recommendation to redirect a portion of the apportionments, the following motion was passed to explore the possibility of reducing the apportionments paid by separating the giving of some members from the expenditures which are used to calculate the apportionments each year.


July 7, 1998 - Motion (passed)

To the Chairman of the Administrative Board, Christ United Methodist Church, Memphis, TN, Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! It is our contention that no member of Christ United Methodist Church, Memphis, TN, should be asked to do anything that goes against what God is leading them to do. Romans 14:12-13,

"So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God. Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way."

There are members of Christ United Methodist Church that wish to fully support our local church with our giving. However we have come to believe that God’s tithes are not being best used in the payment of the apportionment. Given the fact that the apportionment is paid on the net spending of the church and not the net giving to the church, at this time there is not a way for persons to give to the local church without increasing the amount of the apportionment.

Obviously, Christ United Methodist Church is not required to accept designated gifts from persons wishing that the spending of their gifts not be included in the calculation of the apportionment. However, so that no one might cause his brother to stumble and so that the local church might have all the resources that it needs, we the undersigned respectfully request that the following motion be made before the Administrative Board of Christ United Methodist Church, Memphis TN, on July 6, 1998.

Be it resolved that, the Administrative Board of Christ United Methodist Church, Memphis, TN, wishing to honor the request for those persons that wish to give to the local church, but ( for conscience sake ) object to apportionment being paid or calculated on the net spending of their giving, charges the finance committee to insure [to determine whether] that funds given for local church use only, not be included in the total of net spending used in the apportionment calculations.

In service of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Don Thompson, Randy Jelinek, Mary Lou Liming, Carla Thompson, Patty Jelinek, Mary Eldred, Pauline Hord, Pat Steepleton, Tito Stratton, Tom Holliday, Marla Steepleton, Carole Yarbrough, Julie Holliday, Gary Wiseman


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