By: Dennis Stark, Lay Deputy
Dennis served as a member of the General Convention Program Budget & Finance (PB&F) Committee in 2000, 2003, and 2006. He was also volunteer staff to PB&F in 2009. In addition he served on Executive Council from 2006-2009, was a member of the Finance Committee, and is a past treasurer of the Diocese of RI as well as a past chairman of finance commission.
The budget for the next Triennium (2013-2015) has not yet come from the Program Budget & Finance Committee (PB&F) to the House of Bishops and House of Deputies. Both Executive Council and the Presiding Bishop have produced drafts. We will meet in joint session to hear the final recommendation of PB&F tomorrow.
In the meantime, other committees are hearing requests for funds, and the committee I am on, Stewardship & Development, has submitted a resolution to reduce the asking for the Triennium of 2016-2018 from the present l9% to l5%. Presently less than 60% of the dioceses pay at the requested level.
is one of the dioceses who pay the full asking. Rhode Island
There is much talk of restructuring how we do “Church” at The Episcopal Church level, including a proposal to sell the central headquarters building at
815 Second Avenue
in . Everyone wants to do more program and spend
less on staff. New York
Stewardship and Development has supported the inclusion in the budget of a professionally staffed development department with funding to come from accumulated past surpluses in the operating budget.
I will report again after PB&F submits their proposal.