2016 Wesleyan Discipline: 2005:1–2

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(1) Base Income. The base income shall be the total income of a local church and all of its departments for the previous fiscal year less money received:
(a) From loans (borrowed money).
(b) From the sale, rental or lease of property.
(c) From grants from other entities including the general church, districts, governments, corporations, and other non-profits.
(d) From a bequest through a will, trusts, and estates.
(e) From day care centers, day schools, retirement homes, nursing homes, and such enterprises (cf. 2016 Wesleyan Discipline:782:35).
(f) From investment earnings.
(g) From designated funds for major building projects that have been approved by the district board of administration (2016 Wesleyan Discipline:2005:3b).
(h) From money raised for district or denominationally approved church plants and sent through the district or the Church Multiplication and Discipleship Division.
(i) From money raised for urban missional churches
(j) Additionally, funds that were received from assessable contributions that were dispersed to the following will be exempt from the base income:
For offerings and approved projects of or event registrations operated by:
The Communications and Administration Division
The Church Multiplication and Discipleship Division
The Education and Clergy Development Division
The Office of the General Superintendent
The Office of the General Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer
The Global Partners Division
For contributions to Hephzibah Ministries.
For contributions to Wesleyan Native Ministries
For contributions to World Hope International
For contributions to World Hope Canada
(2) Percentage. The percentage for determining the USF-General Fund and a separate percentage for determining the USF-Educational Institutions Fund, shall be fixed by the General Conference (2016 Wesleyan Discipline:1590:8). The percentage in each case shall be applied to the assessable income as defined in 2016 Wesleyan Discipline:2005:1 except as provided for in 2016 Wesleyan Discipline:2005:3. In the event of an emergency during the interim of General Conference sessions, the General Board may alter the percentage of the USF-General Fund by a two-thirds majority vote of all its members (2016 Wesleyan Discipline:1655:22).