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Regional Board Considers Budget, Proposal

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The budget for 2010 and the ongoing process of regional transformation were front and center as the Regional Board met at Southport Christian Church on November 16.

The board passed a budget for the coming year that projects an operating deficit of nearly $25,000. A substantial portion of the deficit resulted from a projected 8% decrease in Disciples Mission Fund (DMF) offerings. The DMF projection was based on input received from churches and reflects their best estimate of what their DMF giving would be in the coming year.

The budget also reflects the elimination of one part-time position from the staff of the regional office after Sharon Stribling retires on March 15, 2010.

In presenting the budget on behalf of the Finance Committee, Mike Srbljan, regional Treasurer, opted to dispense with the language of income and expenses, choosing instead to speak in terms of resources and investments. The budget outlines the Finance Committee’s plans for investing region’s operating resources into its ministry.

A summary of the regional budget for 2010 appears below.

In a unanimous vote, the board rejected a proposal from Roxburgh Missional Network to continue work on a regional process of transformation. The board cited a lack of readiness and financial resources as the reasons for the rejection.

The Region began the engagement in transformation with a series of interviews across the region conducted by Alan Roxburgh last summer. That process culminated in a report to the regional board and officers at a retreat held in September at Camp Camby. (Read more about the Board retreat.)

The proposal would have continued that work over the next two years at a cost of approximately $60,000. That money was not included in the budget that the board had passed earlier in the meeting.

As an alternative to the Roxburgh proposal, the regional board appointed a guiding team to focus on four areas identified as critical to regional transformation: staff, governance, connecting with congregations and the upcoming regional assembly. At its March 2010 meeting, the board plans to appoint action teams to address these areas.

In other business, Bob Shaw reported on the summer visit from Rev. Ilumbe and Mama Rosette, the Region’s mission partners in Congo. Describing the many joys of the visit, Shaw recounted the gracious hospitality and generosity of Indiana congregations. The Indiana Commission for Women will be hosting a guest from Congo for Quadrennial Assembly next June.

2010 Regional Budget at a Glance

Resources 2009 Budget 2010 Budget
Disciples Mission Fund 543,000 497,000
Interest and Endowment Income 119,723 105,763
Direct Gifts and Other Income 61,275 52,325
Camp and Conference 142,875 152,500
Other Program 55,000 65,075
TOTAL RESOURCES 921,873 872,663
Investments 2009 Budget 2010 Budget
Salaries and Benefits 530,983 505,131
General Administration 190,320 173,609
Camp and Conference 102,479 113,227
Other Program 98,091 104,345
TOTAL INVESTMENT 921,973 896,312

Written by ccindiananews

December 7, 2009 at 3:29 pm

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