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CMD TASK GROUP EXAMINES SPECIAL OFFERINGS
05 May 1996 12:54:55
95082 CMD TASK GROUP EXAMINES SPECIAL OFFERINGS
By Julian Shipp
LOUISVILLE, Ky.--The future of the four General Assembly-designated special
offerings -- Peacemaking, One Great Hour of Sharing, Christmas Joy and
Witness -- was examined by the Special Offerings Task Group at its first
meeting here March 20-23.
Appointed by the Congregational Ministries Division (CMD) Committee,
the five-member group, chaired by the Rev. John H. McFadden of Santa Rosa,
Calif., will make recommendations to the 1996 Assembly about the pattern of
special offerings for the years 1998 to 2002.
Vivian L. Johnson, CMD's associate director of stewardship, said
anyone with comments or concerns about special offerings is invited to
participate in an open hearing July 19 at the 1995 General Assembly in
In the meantime, Johnson said, her office continues to receive letters
from people expressing concerns about the offerings. She said background
information on the special offerings was mailed to all synod and presbytery
executives March 6.
"We have received all kinds of creative suggestions about what ought
to be done to those special offerings," Johnson said. "One letter said
don't change anything, the church can't bear any more change right now.
Another advises us to have six offerings, including one for Christian
unity, which would support all of our ecumenical work. And I'm sure there
will be many more of these letters to come."
Keith Wulff, coordinator for research services, said he will convene
up to eight focus groups comprised of up to 10 people each in southern
California, Pittsburgh, Charlotte, N.C., Louisville and possibly
Cincinnati. Information gleaned from the focus groups will be added to an
upcoming Presbyterian Panel survey on special offerings issues.
The findings will be reported back to the task group. Ultimately,
Wulff said, this information will be distributed throughout the entire
If preliminary letters are an accurate indicator, Johnson said,
changes to special offerings are imminent.
"I would assume that [task group members] are not going to
rubber-stamp the status quo process [of special offerings] because there
are some things that frankly are not working in our church," she said.
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