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Date 05 May 1996 07:36:11


                         by John Sniffen 
            Director of Communications for the Synod 
RICHMOND, Va.--The Synod of the Mid-Atlantic has approved a new 
structure designed to offset declining mission funding to the 
regional body. 
     Total mission dollars dropped from $3.4 million in 1988 when 
the synod was formed to $1.6 million in 1994. 
     The new structure will include synod-based work in racial 
ethnic ministries, justice and mercy issues, evangelism, campus 
ministries, communications and partnerships with presbyteries. 
     The synod office staff will be reduced from 12 to nine 
persons.  In addition to a synod executive/stated clerk/treasurer, 
the staff will include an associate executive (for evangelism, 
justice and mercy, and racial ethnic ministries), a coordinator 
(for campus ministries and partnerships), a director of 
communications, and a comptroller.  There will be four 
support/technical staff members.  The part-time position of 
associate for older adult ministries, financed through a synod- 
wide Mother's Day offering, will continue. 
     Eliminated by the new plan are the positions of associate 
executive for synod ministries and associate executive for finance.  
The comptroller will assume many of the duties formerly held by 
the latter. 
     Also deleted from the synod's mission responsibilities is 
funding to nine Presbyterian-related colleges, five children's care 
agencies, three older adult care providers, and a counseling 
center, all in the states of North Carolina and Virginia.  A 
consultation process is under way to transfer funding 
responsibility from the synod back to coalitions of presbyteries. 
     The synod will continue to have an annual Synod Assembly, but 
the number of elected commissioners will be cut almost in half to 
70.  Also, there will be a 22-member synod council to oversee 
business between Synod Assemblies. 
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