REPORT

THE MISSION OFFERINGS

When we were very small we learned how to give our mission offerings in Sabbath School. I remember singing the “Hear the Pennies Dropping” song as a child. And we would enthusiastically drop our pennies or whatever we might have had into the

“missionary train.”



As we grew older we

found the basket, envelope, or plate being passed around in our Sabbath School

classes and then as we got even older some have started giving online as

well. The idea is, of course, to

continue to give mission offerings.



The mission

offerings are collected under two main categories in the world divisions. These

are the World Budget Offering and the One (or Combined) Offering Plan. The

funds are sent to the General Conference (GC). The mission offerings consist of

the regular weekly Sabbath School Offering; the Thirteenth Sabbath Offering;

the Sabbath School Investment Offering and the Birthday-Thank Offering. Three more offerings are added to make

up the total General Conference World Mission Fund. Let’s explore the above mentioned offerings more thoroughly:

As we grew older we found the basket, envelope, or plate being passed around in our Sabbath School classes and then as we got even older some have started giving online as well. The idea is, of course, to continue to give mission offerings."

Tom Evans
Since 2006, the world Church has received over $50 million each year in mission offerings. The last two years have shown significant increases. This does not reflect giving to many projects that do not go through the regular mission offering system.























Regular

Weekly Mission Offering

Mission offerings

given in Sabbath School constitute the regular weekly mission offering. These

funds are recognized as GC funds and are donations given for the purposes to

which mission appropriations are made and are included in the annual world

mission budget distribution.



Thirteenth

Sabbath Offering

The Thirteenth

Sabbath Offering is taken each quarter on a designated day or on the thirteenth

Sabbath. A portion is devoted to designated projects in the world divisions

according to a schedule voted by the Annual Council of the GC. Twenty-five percent of the actual

amount of funds received by the GC for this offering will be appropriated to

the designated projects and the remaining seventy-five percent to the world

mission funds.



Sabbath

School Investment

This offering came

about to further giving to the mission program and to raise mission funds

through various individual or family projects. This fund is not tied to a

weekly or monthly program but the giving is based on the returns of special

fundraising member projects. The

funds can be returned at various times during the year. Sabbath School Investment funds are GC

funds and designated as a portion of the world mission funds. However, twenty-two and one-half

percent of these funds are appropriated to divisions for frontier outreach

and/or large city evangelism based on regular annual base appropriations.



Birthday

and Thank Offerings

This offering comes

about from an appeal to the Sabbath School periodically. It would suggest that a special mission

gift would be appropriate to recognize God’s blessing on the occasion of a

birthday or other commemorative event for which the member wishes to express

thankfulness. These funds are

included with the other Sabbath School Offerings to expand the cause of

missions around the world.



Trends

The allocation of

mission funds is voted during the GC Annual Council budget process. The

divisions of the world church show a positive trend while it is flat in the

North American Division. It appears that this NAD trend is due to members

giving offerings directly to a number of overseas projects such as the One Day

Church projects, ShareHim, various mission trips, and other mission endeavors.

G. Thomas (Tom)

Evans

Treasurer/CFO - North

American Division;

Associate Treasurer,

General Conference

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