Thoughts as We Approach General Conference 2020

by | Mar 4, 2020 | Direction

You are hearing news about General Conference 2020. You may be concerned about the future of the United Methodist Church and your church.  Change is not new to us since the arrival of Rev. Tobias Gibson in Mississippi in 1799 to bring Methodism to a new territory. In 1830, about 5,000 preachers and lay persons left the Methodist Episcopal Church to found the Methodist Protestant Church. They were displeased because the denomination at that time would not permit laity to be representatives at Annual and General Conference. In 1845 the Methodist Episcopal Church split into two denominations over the issue of slavery. These three splits came back together in the 1930s to form the Methodist Church. Additional mergers came in 1968 to form the United Methodist Church. Change is a part of who we are.

I want to assure you that your Mississippi United Methodist Foundation, Inc. intends to continue serving all the descendants of the Methodist Movement brought to Mississippi by Tobias Gibson. Our first loyalty is to each of our account holders as noted in all custodial agreements. The Foundation is a separate 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation from the Mississippi Conference. We do support the work of the Annual Conference in providing investment services and generosity development, but all accounts are held in the strictest confidence. Your account information with us is as secure as that with your local bank.

You can continue to place your trust in us as your local generosity partner today and tomorrow.

Please find below some frequently asked questions and answers:

Q. Does the Mississippi Conference know who has an account with the Foundation?

A. No! Only the staff of the Foundation know the names of account holders.

 Q. Who may withdraw funds from an account at the Foundation?

       A. Only those on the signature form authorized by the investing entity may withdraw funds from an account.

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