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Council Sets 1997 Mission Budget at $113.8 Million
04 May 1996 16:06:02
96093 Council Sets 1997 Mission Budget at $113.8 Million
by Jerry L. Van Marter
LOUISVILLE, Ky.--The General Assembly Council (GAC) has adopted a 1997
General Assembly mission budget of $113.8 million and will send it on to
the upcoming General Assembly in Albuquerque for approval.
In order to balance the budget, the Council cut $1.2 million from the
unified (undesignated) portion of the original mission budget and then
reallocated $400,000 to fund two GAC mission initiatives -- centers for
Christian reflection and spiritual formation and a newly adopted initiative
for ministry with youth and young adults.
The Council's executive committee established division-by-division
budget cuts at its January meeting, and the three division committees and
the Corporate and Administrative Services Committee determined where the
specific cuts would be made at their Feb. 22-23 meetings prior to the
Council meeting here.
Cuts in the Congregational Ministries Division (CMD) totaled $260,000,
though the new initiatives funding will all go CMD. The cuts included
elimination of the Singles and Family Ministries Office ($57,000), a
church architecture periodical ($7,500), and CMD's participation in a
policy study on the theological issues of genetic research ($15,000)
merging of positions in the middle governing bodies relations office
of the Christian Education Program Area ($23,500)
decrease in the support for Presbyterian Men ($18,000), Media
Services ($44,000), Research Services ($32,000), and the Missionary
Correspondence Program ($35,000) and in CMD's subsidy to "Reformed Liturgy
and Music" magazine
reduction in the use of consultants ($5,000)
cancellation of the third installment of a three-year grant by the
Stewardship Program Area to "Promises to Give."
National Ministries Division (NMD) cuts totaled $250,000. The cuts
reductions in programs of the Evangelism and Church Development
Program Area ($35,275)
reductions in communications and ecumenical partner grants in the
Racial Ethnic Ministries Program Area ($33,700)
reductions in staff and financial aid to students in the Churchwide
Partnerships Program Area
elimination of the position of Associate Director for Social
Justice and related administrative costs and communications in the Social
Justice Program Area ($119,625)
elimination of ecumenical grants and program reduction in the office
of coordinator of staff in the synods in the Women's Ministries Program
reduction in other grants to ecumenical and interfaith partners in
the Washington Office and the Urban Ministries Office ($59,875).
Cuts to the unified portion of the Worldwide Ministries Division
totaled $325,000. The cuts were made in two areas of the division's work:
reduction of the Presbyterian Church's overseas missionary staff by
eight persons, from 427 to 419 ($225,000)
reduction in grants to partner churches and ecumenical bodies
The Corporate and Administrative Services budget was reduced by
$100,000. The cuts came from
implementation of new accounting software ($40,000)
reduction of staff in the Presbyterian Distribution Service
reduction of outside services and the Presbyterian Center mailroom
A total of $200,000 in cuts was made to the Office of Communication
budget. The cuts included
elimination of the current subsidy to "Monday Morning" magazine
elimination of "THE NEWS of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)"
newspaper and a readjustment of the budgets of PresbyTel and PresbyNet
between unified and per capita money ($140,000).
For more information contact Presbyterian News Service
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Louisville, KY 40202
phone 502-569-5504 fax 502-569-8073
E-mail PCUSA.NEWS@pcusa.org Web page: http://www.pcusa.org
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