(ENS) Executive Council challenged to engage in adaptive change

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Three Episcopal Church leaders challenged members of the church’s Executive Council Jan. 27 to engage in “adaptive change” in response to what they said are changing church and societal environments.

That challenge began immediately as the members received two different budget scenarios developed by council’s Executive Committee upon which to begin formulating a draft 2013-2015 budget. One scenario calls for asking dioceses to contribute 19 percent of their income and the other calls for dioceses contributing 15 percent. The larger income would be $103.6 million and the 15 percent-asking budget would be reduced by approximately $13.5 million, according to Treasurer Kurt Barnes.

In an emailed memo to Episcopal Church Center staff after the scenarios were presented to council, Chief Operating Officer Stacy Sauls noted that the 19-percent version plans on a $5.9 million decrease in income from the current triennium. The 15-percent version’s reduced revenue amounts to $19.3 million less than the current triennium.

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Filed under: * Anglican - EpiscopalEpiscopal Church (TEC)Executive CouncilHouse of Deputies President Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts SchoriTEC Bishops* Christian Life / Church LifeParish MinistryStewardship

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Posted January 28, 2012 at 12:16 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. A Senior Priest wrote:

Hah! Mrs Schori used the word “andragogy”. Not very politically correct, that. Bonnie’s 15% take from dioceses seems better thought-out as regards the inevitable and much-deserved decline in TEC revenues. It’s better to just recognize and adapt to the reality of the TEC death-spiral rather than pretend that the truth is not true.

January 28, 4:53 pm | [comment link]
2. Undergroundpewster wrote:

One question: are people better off or worse off because of that 100 million dollar budget? The PB answers that correctly at first,

The presiding bishop said that too often the church has unintentionally kept some people and partner organizations “in dependent relationships by the way we have doled out resources.” She added that she was not talking just about money. “We have not offered enough of ourselves in terms of sharing people resources, skills, missionaries, finances to help people to grow up into the full stature of Christ.”

She misses her own point, and that is the fact that TEc’s “skills” do more harm than simple dependancy.

January 28, 7:25 pm | [comment link]
3. TomRightmyer wrote:

An alternative presented to the Western NC diocesan convention was 10-10-10 in which parishes give 10 per cent of receipts to the diocese and the diocese gives 10 per cent of receipts to the national church. That is a little more than half 815’s 18 per cent and a third less than the President of the House of Deputies 15 per cent.  The diocese is getting on a voluntary giving system about 10 per cent of parish plate and pledge and at the expense of other programs paying its 18 per cent share to 815. We also have a debt on a conference center bought in the time of the previous bishop and a capital funds drive to reduce that debt. 

I was ordained in 1966 and paid attention to national church matters   since high school about 10 years earlier, but like Bishop Sauls I did not know of all the various ways the national church spent its money.

January 28, 8:34 pm | [comment link]
4. Jeremy Bonner wrote:

10-10-10 is also the formula that leaders of the Diocese of South Carolina insist has been one of the factors in their diocesan revival.

January 28, 9:58 pm | [comment link]
5. c.r.seitz wrote:

“One scenario calls for asking dioceses to contribute 19 percent of their income and the other calls for dioceses contributing 15 percent. The larger income would be $103.6 million and the 15 percent-asking budget would be reduced by approximately $13.5 million, according to Treasurer Kurt Barnes.”

This is all fine, but it reads as though these options (15 or 19%) are somehow able to be linked to budget reductions, when in fact a diocese can give whatever they wish.

January 29, 3:15 pm | [comment link]
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