Wednesday, January 10, 2018

It’s time to wrestle the church’s budget.

From Church Work-

When I started this blog in 2012, one of the first major topics was the Episcopal Church’s 2013-2015 budget. It had to be. That year the draft budget released for comment had math errors and accidentally cut almost all churchwide funding for Christian formation. It was a debacle.

The budget process worked. The math errors were corrected, the formation funding was restored. The Rev. Susan Brown Snook was elected to Executive Council from the floor of General Convention because the entire voting membership of the House of Deputies was grateful for her service. A priest, blogger, and former CPA, she helped a confused church figure out its finances.

Then there was the 2016-2018 budget cycle. It was a relief by comparison, but it was still a challenge. We were having an ecological crisis, yet there was almost no funding for creation care. We were having a crisis of church decline, yet there was not enough funding for new ministry development.

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