The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Budget surpasses $80 million, income 'stabilizing'

Assembly also approves income proposal for World Hunger

Voting 919-33, the Churchwide Assembly approved a 2012 budget totaling $80,202,900, which includes $61,792,000 for operations of the ELCA, its units and programs, and $18,500,000 for World Hunger. The 2012 budget is a 19.5 percent decrease from the 2011 budget approved by the 2009 Churchwide Assembly.

The budget was proposed based on a three-year decline in mission support, which has dropped from $65.3 million in 2009 to a projected $47 million in 2012. The ELCA's spending has been reduced by nearly 24 percent to accommodate the giving decline.

Christina Jackson-Skelton receives
Christina Jackson-Skelton receives the Servus Dei Medal for her nearly 10 years as ELCA treasurer. She moves on to executive director of the Mission Advancement unit (see "ELCA fills leadership positions").

The assembly also approved an income proposal of $61,939,400 for 2013, with $18,500,000 for World Hunger. The Church Council was charged with the responsibility for adjusting both the estimates of income and the spending plan for mission support funds.

Mission support, the money received in congregations and passed on to synods and the churchwide offices, is the single most important source of funds for the denomination, said Wyvetta Bullock, ELCA executive for administration.

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