Contributions to Per Member Asking (PMA) in fiscal year 2022 (FY22) received by the Office of the General Assembly through February 28 total $1,557,346. The total is $42,638 (2.6 percent) less than the $1,599,346 FY22 PMA support projection to fund the EPC’s Collaborative Ministries, Connectional Support, and Custodial Operations. February PMA support was $135,767—$36,293 less than the monthly projected budget amount of $172,060.
PMA contributions through two-thirds of FY22 (which runs from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022) are $28,000 (0.4 percent) behind the $1,585,346 contributed over the same period in FY21.
“The rate of inflation in our country is hurting everyone—including our churches,” said Stated Clerk Dean Weaver. “I am so thankful for the continued support in this current financial climate. I also am grateful that our staff has been very careful with expenses—which to date are about $55,000 under budget. Yet I pray we can close the budget gap in the final four months of the fiscal year.”
Of the $1,557,346 received, $311,469 (20 percent) was contributed to EPC World Outreach.
In addition to PMA contributions, $4,286,220 in designated gifts were received through February 28. This total was $598,663 (16.2 percent) more than the $3,687,557 in designated gifts received in the same period in FY21. Much of the increase over the previous fiscal year can be attributed to more than $286,000 donated to the EPC’s Domestic Emergency Relief Fund in response to Hurricane Ida’s destruction across Louisiana in September 2021, and more than $264,000 in additional donations to World Outreach workers and initiatives.
Of the total, $3,878,868 was designated for World Outreach workers and projects, and $407,352 was designated for EPC projects. These amounts only reflect gifts received and distributed by the Office of the General Assembly, and do not reflect donations given directly to WO global workers or other projects.
Designated gifts include support for World Outreach global workers and projects, and contributions to EPC Special Projects such as Emergency Relief, church planting and revitalization initiatives, and the EPC’s Thanksgiving and Christmas offerings.