The stream of faithful followers of Christ leaving the ELCA continues and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America is feeling it, in the pocket book.
“The Delaware-Maryland Synod Council met on January 12, 2013, at New Hope Lutheran Church, Columbia. Faced with a decrease in mission support of $138,000 over last year, the Council voted to cap 2013 expenses at 90% for all budget items that are not fixed (such as rent). This includes grants to ministry partners and staffing. In order to reduce staffing costs by ten percent without layoffs, the Council voted to rescind a 3% cost-of-living increase that had been part of the approved 2013 budget. Other savings will be achieved by shifting health insurance costs and continuing one of the administrative assistant positions part-time.” (see here)
Also, the Saint Paul Area Synod Council is making a recommendation that the synod increase its take of the money sent to the synod, by its congregations, and decrease the amount of money given to the ELCA churchwide. The Synod Council is recommending that they receive a 2.5% increase while the money sent on to the ELCA churchwide is decreased by 2.5%. The recommendation will be brought to the synod assembly for consideration.
(see the motion Adjustment of Proportionate Share Between the Saint Paul Area here.
The linked document also contains other recommended budget cuts.
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
1 Thessalonians 5:21
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