R2021-02: Mission Share Funding Plan
Be it RESOLVED, that the Mission Share Funding Plan for the years 2022-2024 be set using a proportional share formula applied equally to all congregations in the diocese. This share formula shall consist of equal proportions of a congregation’s Normal Operating Income (Page 3, Line A) and Operating Expenses (Page 3, Line E) as found on the parish’s Parochial Report, each divided by the respective two factors for all congregations of the diocese. The resultant factor shall be the congregation’s Share Ratio for the following year’s Mission Share Rate. All congregations shall be ordered from low to high by Share Ratio and the Mission Share Rate shall be defined as follows:
a) The congregation with the smallest Share Ratio will be assessed at a rate of 4.0% of normal operating income.
b) The congregation with the Share Ratio closest to the average Share Rate shall be assessed at a rate of 11.5% of normal operating income.
c) All other congregations will be assessed at a rate defined by their Share Ratio order on a straight line connecting the congregations found in a) and b).
and be it further
RESOLVED, that Diocesan Council oversee a Mission Share Review process, that is initiated upon petition by a congregation to reduce its mission share percentage because of extenuating circumstances. In addition, the Commission on Congregational Life, or the Diocesan Finance Committee also may petition Diocesan Council to revise a congregation’s Share Ratio; and be it further
RESOLVED, that Diocesan Council set a Funding Plan Review in the year 2023 to review and adjust the Mission Sharing Funding Plan or establish a new funding plan for 2025 and beyond.
Clifton Flemister, on behalf of the Mission Share Formula Task Force
Every 5 years, the Diocese reviews the Mission Share Formula. The proposed formula works to assist the smaller congregations of the diocese while not placing a large burden on the other churches. Overall, 22 parishes will see increases due to increased income in 2020 and 51 parishes will have a decrease over their 2021 mission share. The proposed formula had the least impact to the parishes.
Additionally, this proposed formula is only for 3 years. The task force felt it was best to review it in three years due to the impact of COVID-19 on our parishes and not wait five years.
It affects the entire budget.