Sunday, April 30, 2006

PC(USA) News: Council adopts budget of $97.3 million

PC(USA) News: Council adopts budget of $97.3 million:
LOUISVILLE — After three hours of private sessions Saturday morning — and more than 15 hours earlier in the week — the General Assembly Council (GAC) has adopted a revised 2007-2008 “Mission Work Plan (MWP) Budget” of $97.3 million.

The budget, built around the eight MWP objectives, represents cuts of $9.15 million in program and staff at the Presbyterian Center here. No details were announced, as layoff notices will not be given to employees until Monday.

The Presbyterian News Service will post the names of program and staff cuts by 2 p.m. Monday. Detterick will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. Monday and a staff meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Presbyterian Center.

In a brief written statement, the council hinted at a few of its decisions. It asked for a comprehensive review of evangelism and witness programs between now and the GAC’s September meeting, including “alternative programs that will directly speak to communicating the gospel in clear ways which will give a stronger integrity to our mission work plan.”
The top two items in the Mission Work Plan budgets for 2007 and 2008 are poverty and evangelism at $22.7 million and $16.7 million, respectively.

Mike Kruse, of the Kruse Kronicle, is a member of GAC and has posted a (necessarily) vague, but optimistic update on the GAC decisions.

I look forward to seeing the PNS story on Monday as well as Mike's commentary.

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Gruntled said...

I have posted my 2¢ (or my share of the $97 million plus) on The Gruntled Center today. I fear, though, that we will have another round of Death by a Thousand Cuts.

Denis Hancock said...

So your $0.02 works out to $1,946,000.00 as a percentage of the entire budget. Not bad for a college professor.

Seriously, I thought you had an excellent point about the proper place for prophets.