Contributions to Per Member Asking (PMA) and Percentage of Income (POI) received by the Office of the General Assembly in fiscal year 2023 (FY23) through January 31 total $1,444,417. January PMA/POI support was $227,465.
The year-to-date total is $22,438 (1.6 percent) more than the amount received in the same period in FY22 and only $16,131 (1.1 percent) less than the $1,460,548 FY23 PMA/POI support projection to fund the EPC’s overall mission, vision, and strategic priorities.
“I praise God that our churches are so faithful and our POI contributions have caught up,” said Dean Weaver, EPC Stated Clerk. “I pray that God continues to bless our congregations financially so that they can continue to reach their communities for Christ.”
Of the $1,444,417 received in FY23, $288,883 (20 percent) was contributed to EPC World Outreach.
In addition to PMA/POI contributions, $3,733,479 in designated gifts were received through January 31. The total is $93,284 (12.1 percent) lower than the $3,826,763 in designated gifts received in the same period in FY22.
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.
Of the total, $3,517,980 was designated for World Outreach workers and projects, and $215,499 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.
Commissioners to the denomination’s 42nd General Assembly in June 2022 approved a transition from the Per Member Asking (PMA) funding formula to a Percentage of Income (POI) model. Under PMA, churches were asked to contribute $23 per member to the Office of the General Assembly. The POI model is a request for churches to support the national level of the EPC with 1 percent of undesignated receipts. The shift will phase in over the next three years, with full POI implementation expected at the start of FY26 in July 2025.