Things still are not rosy, money wise, within UCG. After COGWA's stealth apostasy against the UCG, hundreds of thousands of dollars no longer flow into UCG's coffers. Money continues to be tight as many UCGers are withholding tithes and offerings as they wait and see what is going to happen.
A recent UCG financial report states:
I’ve heard, second hand, that the income has grown some in the last year but frankly we now realize that we had not made the necessary reductions to reflect our reduced income from what we were receiving two years ago. My understanding is that the savings we had, that would have been enough to take us through 10 weeks of no income, is now basically gone and we’re having a cash flow crunch. Some expenses that were to be paid before the Feast of Tabernacles were paid after the feast. There is still a cash flow problem despite having a good feast offering.
Church employees in the U. S. no longer receive matching funds for retirement accounts (this is one cut that was made two years ago). Healthcare benefits are going to have to be cut. There will probably be larger deductibles and co-pays.
Church pastors are being asked to cut down on trips and their mileage reimbursements are being lowered. Most meetings are now being done on the phone or online rather than face-to-face. The Council of Elders is having most of its meetings online, though they do need to get together face-to-face for some things. Aaron Dean, our treasurer, wrote us this: “I hope that cutbacks in our travel will be a temporary situation, and that God will bless us with more income from donors. Please fervently pray as I and all in the Home Office are praying for God to increase income, heal our employees and increase our faith in him. The whole country faces a rough road ahead, as you all have preached for many years. In the meantime, please do more phone visits and less driving where possible.”