After a point of order was raised and consultation with the parliamentarian, regarding Book of Discipline paragraphs 615.1, 811.4, and 812, and Judicial Council decisions 1172 and 1409, regarding payment of General Church apportionments, Bishop Haller referred the matter back to the Conference Council on Finance and Administration. CCFA brought back a recommendation to increase the 2022 Budget Proposal to include the payment of the General Church apportionments at the 2016 rate, approximately $225,000. The 2022 Budget Proposal was approved as amended.
The originial 2022 Budget Proposal represented a reduction of $224,100, or 6.3 percent, from the 2021 approved budget. The approved 2022 Budget will hold the expenditures at the 2021 level and include payment of General Church apportionments.
"CCFA will work towards decreased expenditures in 2022," said Rev. Jeff Adel, chair of the Conference Council on Fiance and Administrtion. He says serveral reasons to work toward a decrease: churches have indicated they are withholding apportionments because of the denominational conflict over human sexuality, this is a tough economy in which many churches will likely see a decline in giving, and as churches reach new people coming out of the pandemic, it’s unknown what their involvement (financial and otherwise) might be in this post-COVID-19 season.
Reductions to the apportioned budget could potentially come from decreased travel, a reduction in some grants due to decreased demand for them, staffing changes that will not significantly impact services offered to the conference, and conference savings.
Disaffiliation agreement with Prairie Winds: Prairie Winds Church in Dickinson, North Dakota, following the steps outlined by the Dakotas Conference, voted to disaffiliate from The United Methodist denomination. A disaffiliation agreement with the Dakotas Conference Board of Trustees and Prairie Winds was affirmed by the 28th session of the Dakotas Annual Conference by a vote of 233 members voting yes and 122 members voting no.
Resolution 1.2 A Vision for a More Just Church: The resolution urges the Dakotas Conference to welcome LGBTQ+ persons into leadership, including actions of the Board of Ordained Ministry regarding candidates for ministry, local congregations to welcome and include LGBTQ+ members in full participation, respect clergy's discernment on marrying same-sex couples. Furthermore, urges the bishop to refrain from conducting clergy trials. The resolution was affirmed by a vote of 179 yes votes, and 172 no votes. This resolution is currently under judicial review as to compliance with the 2016 Book of Discipline.
Resolution 1.3 Resolution to Prepare for a Denominational Separation: The resolution calls the Dakotas Conference to act in the following manner to prepare for denominational separation: The Common Table recognize a leadership team, Board of Pensions prepare to serve multiple denominations, Dakotas United Methodist Foundation prepare to serve multiple denominations, Conference Council on Finance and Administration prepare a proposal of equitable division of cash and investments, Camp and Retreat Ministry Council prepare a proposal for a camping ministry, the Missional Impact Link prepare to independently incorporate Spirit Lake Ministry Center and Solar Oven Partners and transfer land owned in Mission, South Dakota, to Tree of Life Ministries; and the Human Resources Committee provide direction to guide the personnel needs of the Dakotas Conference, by the 2022 session of the Annual Conference. The resolution passed with a vote of 294 yes votes, and 40 no votes. Expesnes in preparation of the prosal that exceed the 2022 budget of these agendices will be reimbursed the Tranisitional Reserve Fund.
View the plenary sessions for the 2021 Annual Conference here.