A Way Forward

January 24, 2019  /  Updated February 28, 2019

(Following the February 2019 General Conference)

Concerns have been raised about the Foundation’s role in investing funds if congregations or individuals change their membership from the Iowa Annual Conference.

  • Your investments are secure. No action taken by the 2019 General Conference or the 2020 General Conference will impact ANY church’s or individual’s  ability to utilize the Foundation.
  • The Foundation is independent of the General Conference, the Iowa Annual Conference, the Council of Bishops, the GCFA, Wespath, and any other United Methodist denominational entity. We are registered as an Iowa Nonprofit Organization, and we hold an independent IRS 501( c )(3) tax-exempt ruling.
  • No apportionment funds are received by the Foundation.
  • The mission remains. The Foundation continues to serve as prudent investors for ALL non-profit ministers, regardless of denomination. The Foundation will continue to partner with individuals and congregations for the long-term financial support of the ministries they love.

With the Board of Directors, we continue to pray for the mission and ministry of all congregations. If you have any questions about the Foundation, and the impact the General Conference may have had on your relationship with the Foundation, please contact me at Katharine.yarnell@iumf.org or call me at 515-974-8928.