Input, comments invited for Episcopal Church 2019-2021 triennium preliminary draft…

first_img Director of Music Morristown, NJ November 16, 2017 at 10:16 pm I encourage all thoughtful Episcopalians to reject any budget that is not balanced. It is time for a responsible, common sense approach to church finances. Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 General Convention, Program Budget & Finance [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] Episcopalians across the church are invited to review and provide input and comments on the preliminary draft of the 2019-2021 triennium budget.“In the current and prior triennia, the budgets were built to reflect the Five Marks of Mission,” Tess Judge, Executive Council member and chair of Finance for Mission Committee, stated in the overview letter.  “The 2019-2021 budget is based on The Jesus Movement with Evangelism, Racial Reconciliation & Justice, and Environmental Stewardship as priorities.”Judge added, “One of the advantages of The Jesus Movement budget is that it reflects how the staff is organized, by department, rather than spread across Five Marks and other areas as in the past. So lines of communication, reporting, collaboration, and budget creation are clearer.  In the changeover to The Jesus Movement, some sections of the budget were moved, so that it may be hard to make direct comparisons between costs in areas in prior budgets to projected costs in the coming triennium. And comparing percentages can be inaccurate.”Following comments and suggestions, the preliminary draft budget will be prepared for approval by the Episcopal Church Executive Council at its January 2018 meeting. From there, Executive Council will present the draft budget to Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget, and Finance (PB&F) in February, which will then prepare a final budget for approval at General Convention next summer.• The preliminary draft budget is available here. • Input and comments can be submitted here.• Deadline for providing comments is January 10, 2018.HighlightsA narrative located here provides overview information about the preliminary draft budget document.Here are a few highlights:• The first two pages summarize projected income, $128,429,734, and projected expenses, $132,921,145, resulting in a deficit of $4,491,411.Among the highlights on the Income page (1):• Line 2 – Diocesan Commitments (Assessments required beginning January 1, 2019) In the current triennium commitments asked dropped from 18 to 15 percent with a $150,000 exemption for each diocese. The Line 2 2016-2018 figure is the expected actual commitment (not an assumed full commitment). The 2019-2021 budget shows a gross number, the full 15 percent with $140,000 exemption projected assessment from all dioceses. The red box below is an allowance for those dioceses which might be granted waivers from paying the full amount by Executive Council in the Assessment Review process.• Line 3 – Income from Unrestricted Assets & Outside Trusts – these two lines represent a 5 percent draw from investments.• Line 3 – Annual Appeal Campaign – $500,000 from the Development Department’s new Annual Fund solicitation to fund ministries in the operating budget.  Of this $88,000, will cover the costs of annual campaigns.• Line 4b – Racial Reconciliation – $2 million dollars was set aside from short term reserves in the current triennium.  Since this was a brand new program, it took over a year to get up to speed, so the full $2 million will not be spent.  The 2019-2021 budget carries over $1 million for this work.Among the highlights in the Expenses page (2):• The Expense Categories for the 2019-2021 budget include:  Evangelism, Racial Reconciliation & Justice, Creation Care, Ministry of the Presiding Bishop to Church and World, Mission Within the Episcopal Church, Mission Beyond the Episcopal Church, Mission Governance, and Mission Finance, Legal & Operations.   They do not perfectly correspond with the Five Marks budget categories.• Staff – all staff lines include a 3 percent raise each year and estimate 9 percent increases in health insurance costs.  The Presiding Bishop has expressed his satisfaction with the staff in place and asks that there be no new hires in the 2019-2021 budget.• House of Deputies, Line 298 – Staff Costs include $900,000 for salary and benefits for the President of the House of Deputies to be sure funds are available should the salary be voted by General Convention.General ConventionThe Episcopal Church 79th General Convention will be held Thursday, July 5 to Friday, July 13, 2018 at The Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas (Diocese of Texas).The Episcopal Church’s General Convention is held every three years to consider the legislative business of the church.  General Convention is the bicameral governing body of the Church, comprised of the House of Bishops, with upwards of 200 active and retired bishops, and the House of Deputies, with clergy and lay deputies elected from the 109 dioceses and three regional areas of the Church, at more than 800 members. Between Conventions, the General Convention continues to work through its committees and commissions.  The Executive Council of the Episcopal Church carries out the programs and policies adopted by General Convention. Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL November 16, 2017 at 8:39 am I am a retired manager who was responsible for my organizations budget. A budget is usually 75-80% salaries and benefits. The rest is material and programs to carry out the organizations mission and objectives. There can only be so much cutting on that 20% before the organization is in jeopardy of failing to achieve its mission. So the cutting has to be done at the 80% which is salary and benefits. Giving staff a 3% raise when there is a budget shortfall is ridiculous. There are 3 Episcopal churches in my area that are experiencing serious budget shortfalls and can not even think about giving staff raises. If you want to balance your budget then you will have to take a serious look at staff and salaries and do it there. To expect the Diocese to make up your shortfall is biting the hand that feeds you. Submit a Job Listing Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Bath, NC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Comments are closed. The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Shreveport, LA Tags Mary Barrett says: Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Smithfield, NC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Tampa, FL November 16, 2017 at 12:17 pm Am I understanding correctly that they have put $900K in the budget for salary and benefits for a single individual? 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