About 87% of every dollar in the offering plate is spent on the ministries and mission of Kingston UMC. Over the past several years, these ministries have included our Piece for Peace “Communiversity” project, school bags for students at Urban Promise in Camden, support for Habitat for Humanity and Volunteers in Mission trips, as well as Kingston’s worship, education, college and children’s ministries. This is also the fund that supports staff salaries, the pastors’ continuing education fund, child care for church events, technology upgrades, two of our field education students’ stipends, utilities and building upkeep (for ourselves and the community groups that meet in our building). Larger church events (i.e., the summer lunch series, Vacation Bible School and the Fall Arts Festival) have been almost entirely supported by grants.
The other 13% of each dollar in the offering plate–a little more than a “tithe” of our annual budget—is Kingston UMC’s contribution to “Shared Ministries Funds” (also sometimes called apportionments, conference benevolence [for ministries in the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference], or “connectional giving”). In other words, our church gives 13% of our budget to the denomination to support larger ministries, from conference and regional ministries (like the Congregational Development Grant given to Kingston UMC) to schools, ministerial education, hospitals, bishops, and overseas missions.
You are welcome to join our discussion about Kingston UMC’s ministries and financial priorities at our quarterly Administrative Council meetings, on the first Tuesday of each month, 7:00 pm, in the Anderson House. Contact our church office for more information.