Delegates to the Provincial Council held June 7-11 approved a 2010-2011 annual budget of $1,362,531.12. The budget represents a significant increase in mission spending by the Anglican Church in North America.
In total, $263,500 has been earmarked for the Anglican1000 program. Anglican1000 is the province-wide effort to train and support church planting work. The budget also funds work among the Sioux Nation and with refugees from Myanmar. Paying for this new work, much of which focuses directly on helping the province meet Archbishop Robert Duncanâ€™s challenge to plant 1,000 new congregations by 2014, depends on generous giving by individual supporters of the mission and ministry of the Anglican Church, said Mr. Brad Root, Chief Operating Officer.
The budget also funds the provinceâ€™s administrative hub in Ambridge, PA. The office is responsible for offering services such as insurance and retirement programs to the entire church, supporting the office of the Archbishop, other church leaders and governing bodies and communicating about the work of the church. The provincial office staff consists of four full-time employees and six part-time employees.
â€œWe take seriously the commitment expressed in our Constitution to make the local parish the primary agency of mission. That means the Provincial office performs only those vital functions needed to make the parishes and dioceses effective. Itâ€™s a narrow but crucial role that we all depend on and should faithfully support,â€ said the Rt. Rev. John Guernsey, Bishop of the Diocese of the Holy Spirit and a member of the provinceâ€™s finance committee.
In total, the 2010-2011 budget envisions just over $500,000 in expenses that are not expected to be funded by diocesan tithes or regular gifts from individual donors during the 2010-2011 budget year. To close the gap and move forward with these new projects, the provincial office has launched the Foundersâ€™ Fund. The fund, which aims to provide for the financial establishment of the province, is a major giving opportunity for individuals interested in making a donation of $10,000 or more toward the supporting of these new projects and, more generally, the founding of the Anglican Church.
â€œSince the very beginning, it has been individual donors and congregations who have played an indispensible role in creating and funding the renewal of Anglicanism in North America,â€ said Root. For instance, the significant expenses related to the launch of the Anglican1000 movement were borne entirely by a single parish, Christ Church Plano. The Founders Fund is aimed at building on that tradition of individual gifts during the Provinceâ€™s first years, as well as making it possible to continue the work that others, such as Christ Church, have generously funded in past years.
â€œSupport now, as we establish our provincial identity, makes it possible for us to pursue planting churches and forging relationships with the ecumenical and Anglican Christian world. It makes a real difference,â€ said Root.
A copy of the 2010-2011 budget is available here as a pdf document. For more information about the Founders’ Fund, please contact Brad Root at (724) 266-9400 or email@example.com.