The Impact of Ritual on an Administrative Board's View of Apportionment Giving within the United Methodist Church

Full Title
The Impact of Ritual on an Administrative Board's View of Apportionment Giving within the United Methodist Church
Author
Brian D Gilbert
Abstract
This project evaluated whether a ritual focused on apportionment giving would: (1) create an awareness within a congregation's Administrative Board of the individual missions supported by apportionments, (2) cause the Administrative Board to value the role apportionments play in the life of the church, and (3) develop confidence in the Annual Conference's ability to use apportionment dollars effectively. A pre-assessment survey was administered to the members of Princeton First United Methodist Church's Administrative Board to determine their awareness of missions supported by apportionments, the purpose of apportionments, and how effectively apportionments were used by the Northern Illinois Annual Conference. Then, a ritual of apportionment giving was implemented the first Sunday of each month, for three months, following Holy Communion. Subsequently, phone interviews and a post-assessment survey were administered to the Board to assess the impact of the apportionment ritual. The data showed a ritual of apportionment giving, used in the congregation's worshiping life, created a measurable positive change in the Administrative Board's (1) awareness of the individual missions supported by apportionments, (2) appreciation of the role apportionments play in the life of the church, and (3) confidence in the Annual Conference's ability to use apportionment dollars effectively.
Degree Granting Institution
Country
United States
Degree Granted
Doctor of Ministry
Type of Work
D.Min. Project
Advisor
Mark R Teasdale
Language
English
Date
2018
Number of Pages
70