Requesting Advance Special Status


Secretary of Global Ministries
Pastor Jennifer Curran
Randolph UMC
16 Asbury St. 
Randolph, ME 04346



Applications for new Advance Specials will be accepted each year. Applications must be received by the Secretary of Global Ministries by March 1, 2017 in order to be screened by the Conference Resourcing Team and then sent on for approval at Annual Conference, June 2017.

Send applications to the Secretary of Global Ministries

Covenant document

Application form

Supporting documents

After submitting your application, please email or enclose a financial report or budget to illustrate how the amount requested is part of a larger funding strategy. Please also include a project brochure, photos, or other materials that are pertinent to this application.

All supporting documents should be sent to the Conference Secretary of Global Ministries by mail at the above address or via email. Please reference the Program/Ministry name and provide your contact information.


Revised February 2017

Advance Special giving is “second mile” giving. This means the churches need to pay all apportioned conference benevolences before making contributions to an Advance Special.Co

Agencies requesting an amount for an Advance Special are not guaranteed that the amount will be raised and available. It is not budgeted by the Conference. The amount raised depends on “second mile” giving by churches or individuals. An Advance Special is not part of Apportionments or Mission Shares.

An Advance Special is assigned a number and churches receive mission credit if they donate by the Advance Special Number through the New England Conference Treasurer. The numbers assigned are New England Conference Advance Special Numbers. General Conference grants their own Advance Special Numbers to Advance Specials, which are approved by the General Board of Global Ministries. This is a different application process and the two should not be confused. Agencies and ministries within the New England Conference can make application and obtain Advance Special Status at either or both levels.

Having New England Conference Advance Special Status permits an Agency or Ministry to solicit donations from all churches in the Conference. Without Advance Special Status, this type of fund raising is not allowed.

Advance Special donations are to be used for program funding only. These donations cannot be used for capital improvements.

Agencies/Ministries need to recognize that Advance Special donations are raised only through the effort and hard work of such Agency/Ministry. It is up to the Agency/Ministry to promote its programs in order to obtain financial support from the churches. The goal is to encourage churches to give.

Advance Special Status is approved by the New England Annual Conference at the recommendation of the Conference Secretary of Global Ministries and Resourcing Team of the New England Conference. Agencies/Ministries must apply for Advance Special Status by completing the Request Form (Attached) and by signing the Covenant.

Approval will be for the Quadrennial years (2017-2020) or to the end of the Quadrennium (2020). The Secretary of Global Ministries or Resourcing Team reserves the right to remove an Agency/Ministry that is not supported by churches. The more an Agency/Ministry works to solicit funds, the better its chances of receiving donations and retaining its Advance Special Status.