At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NC Conference’s Council on Finance and Administration made relief money available to the Cabinet to help local churches with operational expenses and pastoral compensation. Those funds were supplemental grants to the Cabinet from the Conference’s reserve funds. The Insurance Committee and the Board of Pension also provided funding for the Cabinet to help churches defray the costs of those benefits provided to their pastors.
To date, $2,883,453.13 has been granted to local churches to use in their local ministries and support their pastors. Truly this ministry has been a blessing and shows the connection at work and the wonderful way The United Methodist Church comes together in times of crisis.
The need for these relief monies has greatly decreased as the pandemic has waned. The relief program will end on October 15, 2022. Applications will be received through that date as they have been throughout the pandemic.
Praise God for the blessings we have known even during this hard time and praise God for the blessing of being able to help our fellow believers.