2018 Narrative Budget// Enduring Gifts // Online Gifts // Direct Debit Process // Gifts of Stock

ZUMC is a gateway of good throughout Zionsville, Boone County, the Indianapolis area as well as around the world.  In a given week there are so many great organizations that use ZUMC as their home to connect with children, youth, adults, seniors as well as non-believers.  Please consider supporting ZUMC to help spread the word of God throughout our community and around the world and help support the various missions you and we are passionate about. 

To contact our Accounting Manager, please email Shellody Brenton at sbrenton@zumc.org.

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2018 Narrative Budget

This is where we grow disciples.  Your dollars support our children’s ministry, youth ministry, adult education and small groups, plus our Senior Adult ministry. This year we celebrate: 

  • An all-time high for our VBS program, serving 535 participants through the dedication of 150+ volunteers

  • Over 60 students a week engaged in youth programs; an average of 100 students engaged weekly in Sunday School

  • A vibrant senior adult ministry year, highlighted this year by a field trip to Washington, DC

  • 25+ small groups engaged in our Fall Stewardship series (10 of which are new groups), involving more than 300 members

$ 283,000    WORSHIP            
Worship is one of the primary ministries of any church.  Strong music, solid preaching, and a meaningful sacramental life: these are just a few of the many ways we offer ourselves to God.  Zionsville UMC is blessed to have two different worship styles to offer those who walk through our doors. Celebrations include:

  • Successful transition of pastors: Sending Pastor Glenn out in love and thanks, being cared for in the interim by Bishop Mike Coyner, and receiving Pastor Dave with enthusiasm for the future.

  • For those people who cannot join us in person on Sunday morning, we now LIVE STREAM our church service, allowing us to reach people wherever they are

The care of souls matters to our church family.  This investment represents our pastors’ and staff’s time in caring for people, and numerous other expressions of love, listening, and supporting persons in time of need. Celebrations include:

  • Hiring a Director of Congregational Care (Bob Dralle) who is dedicated to hospitality and member care

  • Plans to start new support groups for cancer and mental illness in 2019

$176,000    OUTREACH            
Outreach includes our staff and program investment in reaching out to our community in both evangelism and in mission. Through our tithing to the conference and the district, we give more than $150,000 locally and through the Greater United Methodist Church. 

  • Beyond our annual budget, our church received and distributed another $96,809 to mission agencies, making a difference in the lives of people around the world. 

  • This does not include all of the wonderful in-kind donations made for Angel Tree, Fletcher Place, Love, Inc. and Robert’s Park. 

  • And just when you think we’re done, we shared another $29,000 with our mission partners through the ZUMC endowment!

$247,000    SUPPORT SYSTEMS            
These dollars are the foundation on which all other ministries happen. Investments must be made in keeping the office going, copiers churning, and all supplies at hand. This is also used to support and develop the leadership of our staff and volunteers. We celebrate this year:

  • Dawn McKnight completing her Certification for Church Business Administrator

  • Hiring Valerie Neagle as our Administrative Assistant to help track all church visitors and care needs of our congregation

  • Our participation in the Lakeside “Generosity” conference, and working to develop year-round plans to support and cultivate generosity in our church

$414,000    FACILITY            
Newcomers to ZUMC always comment on the attractiveness and cleanliness of our facility. We are a 7-day-a-week church! Funds invested here support maintenance and upkeep, utilities, staff, insurance, and many supplies. It is not surprising it is the single largest piece of our budget pie. Recent celebrations include:

  • Burning of the mortgage on April 28th of this year (we are now debt-free!)

  • Through surplus funds received for the debt, we were able to re-roof the entire building this summer

  • Plans for next year include repaving/repairing and restriping the parking lots


Enduring Gifts

Zionsville UMC has received a gift of $500,000. This gift is to initiate several endowments or "Enduring Gifts." Endowments are funds where income earned from gifts is used in ministry. For example: A $100,000 endowment earning 5% would give ZUMC $5,000 each year. Our donors have asked to "seed" several areas for endowment. The categories of our are as follows:

  • $100,000 - Indiana Children's Home

  • $100,000 - Fletcher Place Community Center

  • $50,000 - Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition

  • $50,000 - Mission Guatemala

  • $50,000 - ZUMC Facilities

  • $50,000 - ZUMC Traditional Worship (June Edison Fund)

  • $50,000 - ZUMC Youth Leader Fund

  • $25,000 - Robert's Park Outreach Program

  • $25,000 - United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)

Additionally, the donor will match anyone giving to these funds, dollar for dollar, up to another $250,000. We are grateful to God for the generosity of this donor and we encourage you to add your gifts as well. If you would like to contribute to one of these areas, please contact the church office (317-873-2623). 

Online Gifts

Givelify is the church's portal portal for online giving and you can donate through your mobile app, or here.  The church does absorb the 2.9% transaction fee for your donation, so please take this into consideration in your giving.  Givelify accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover.  American Express is not currently an option.

Direct Debit Process (Automatic Withdrawal)

You are invited to participate in a Direct Debit process for your giving to the church.  This process will move your contribution from your checking account to the church account automatically each month.  This is a convenience offer to you and your family and a benefit to the church as it provides a more consistent income for ministry each month. 

If you are interested, please download and complete the application here, attach a voided check from your account, sign and date at the appropriate place and return to Jen Dell, Financial Secretary.

Your application must be received by the first of the month in which you wish to begin direct debit to Zionsville United Methodist Church.  Applications received during the month will begin deductions the following month.  All debit transfers will be performed the 21st of each month.

If you have further questions or concerns, please contact Jen Dell at 317-873-2623 or email

Thank you for your gifts to the ministry and mission of ZUMC.

Gifts of Stock

If you wish to donate stock to the church, we do have an account set with Stifel Financial Corp. into which we do electronic transfers so you do not have to handle individual certificates.  The following is the information needed to do the electronic transfer. 

Stock Giving Process