What is Apportionment?
Apportionment, also known as Per Capita, is a fundamental way in which all of the nearly 10,000 congregations and leadership of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) connect, participate and share equitably in the work of the wider church. In essence, per capita is a set amount of money per member that congregations contribute to the Presbyterian denomination, which in turn provides support, resources, and guidance to each congregation. Every Presbyterian shares in the benefit of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s system of government, so every Presbyterian is asked to share the expenses associated with coordinating and performing the functions of that system.
How is the Money Used?
Apportionment helps provide support and resources from the larger denomination to congregations like PCCT. It enables leaders to maintain records and assure responsibility and compliance alongside the broader Body of Christ and Presbyterian Church (USA). Per Capita dollars support church leadership development and provide for staff support, resources and workshops that prepare church leadership for the present and future ministries of the church.
Moreover, and specific to PCCT, per capita apportionment pays for the guidance and resources provided to churches like ours going through transitions. The Presbytery of the Highlands was instrumental in the Interim Minister search process, and will continue to be a vital resource for our search for a new pastor. We would not be where we are today in the process if it were not for the support of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
How Much is My Apportionment?
At PCCT, the total per capita for 2021 is $40.00 per active member. This includes all confirmed youth and older. Of this total:
- $26.92 goes to the Presbytery of the Highlands which encompasses Hunterdon, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren Counties and represents over 80 congregations including PCCT.
- $4.10 goes to the Synod of the Northeast, which consists of presbyteries across New York, New Jersey, and New England.
- $8.98 goes to the Office of General Assembly, which supports our Synods, Presbyteries, Historical Society, and over 10,000 congregations.
Is it Mandatory to Pay My Apportionment?
PCCT is required to pay per capita apportionment for each of its members, regardless if the members contribute or not. So, when you pay your share, it frees up funds in our budget for other uses.
Won’t you also please consider paying for one more share to cover those in our congregation who might be having financial difficulties? By adding just one more apportionment, we can carry the per capita for those in need and can truly act as one body in Christ rather than the sum of its parts.
How Do I Pay My Apportionment?
Payments can be made online, via check mailed to the office, or text “GIVE” to 973-524-7580. After setting up an account, you can specify the amount you wish to give. Thank you!!
For more information, please read An Invitation to Per Capita from our presbytery’s website.
“In the same way, though there are many of us, we are one body in Christ, and individually we belong to each other.” – Romans 12:5 Common English Bible (CEB)