The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Council trims churchwide budget by $4.2 million

After a two-hour conference call meeting held in executive session, the ELCA Church Council voted Aug. 4 in open session to cut the churchwide 2010 current fund spending authorization by 6 percent, from $69.3 million to $65.1 million.

There was no discussion of the vote in open session, but ELCA Treasurer Christina Jackson-Skelton reported that through the end of June 2010 mission support was down $3.7 million (a 15.2 percent reduction) from the same period in 2009.

The executive session was used to discuss background information on finances and personnel, plus an organizational design process and legal matters, said Carlos Peña, Galveston, Texas, ELCA vice president and chair of the council.

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