The Mission of the Church Is the Mission of Christ
~ To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
~ To teach, baptize and nurture new believers
~ To respond to human need by loving service
~ To seek to transform unjust structures of society
~ To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth
The Five Marks of Mission, developed by the Anglican Consultative Council between 1984 and 1990, have won wide acceptance among Anglicans, and have given parishes and dioceses around the world a practical and memorable “checklist” for mission activities. The joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget & Finance (PB&F) has built the Triennium budget for 2013-2015 for the Episcopal Church around these concepts.
The budget was presented Tuesday afternoon at a joint session and will be voted on later today or tomorrow by each house. It is is balanced at $110,516,032, compared to $111,808,350 for the current triennium. So it is a flat budget which will result in cuts in various staff and program areas. The committee increased the money in the budget that goes to mission, according to Bp. Steve Lane (Maine) and PB&F chair Diane Pollard, deputy from New York, by taking at least some of the needed money from internal restructuring in terms of administration and governance and modest staff reductions.
The committee added block grants in each of the Five Marks of Mission areas around which the proposed budget in organized, they said. “I think PB&F listened very hard to the testimony of the church and responded, putting money into requests for new programming of various kinds,” Lane said.
Budgets are not usually thought of as anything other than mundane documents with lots of numbers. But they are also a sign and a a blueprint. They point towards what is valued and important to an organization (where your treasure is there will you r heart be also). And this budget is built around the 5 Marks of Mission. And budgets give a sense of what direction we we plan to go and how we plan to get there.
All indications are that the Episcopal Church is moving towards greater collaboration and mission while right-sizing of our structure to meet the reality of today and what we hope for in the future.