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The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) plans to cut more jobs and reduce budget for the next two years in the wake of economic woes and membership losses.
The board of the General Assembly Mission Council, based in Louisville, Ky., voted Friday for a total of 13 job cuts and mission budgets for 2013 and 2014 that "vividly portray the continuing decline in giving to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s mission agency."
The council said in a statement that the budget it proposed eliminates 14 current positions "as part of the strategic realignment," and creates 18 new positions. But it also recommended elimination of 17 vacant positions, producing a net change of 13 positions overall....
Jim Perhaps Shiflett should inform the President of this fact!
Especially since he is also author of Christianity on Trial and is a member of the White House Writers Group.
Quote::- "Shiflettâ€™s instincts as a reporter led him to see a big story behind the membership decline in liberal denominations. At the same time, Shiflett detected the bigger pictureâ€“the decline of liberal churches as compared to growth among the conservatives. Like any good reporter, he knew he was onto a big story"
Zedro, of course an accurate point if they fired more liberal ministers the PCUSA would improve its position greatly.
Albert Mohler wrote: Citing a study published in 2000 by the Glenmary Research Center, Shiflett reports that the Presbyterian Church USA declined by 11.6 percent over the previous decade, while the United Methodist Church lost â€śonlyâ€ť 6.7 percent and the Episcopal Church lost 5.3 percent. The United Church of Christ was abandoned by 14.8 percent of its members, while the American Baptist Churches USA were reduced by 5.7 percent.
"The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) plans to cut more jobs and reduce budget for the next two years in the wake of economic woes and membership losses."
"membership losses" - Ah there is a reason for that big reduction... "A Sacramento church has voted to split from Presbyterian Church USA over the national denominationâ€™s decision to ordain openly gay clergy Quote;"
"Fremont, with weekly attendance of about 1,400, is the seventh Sacramento-area church to leave the mainline Presbyterian Church over doctrinal issues in the past few years, according to the Bee." (dallasvoince.com)