It’s often said that the budget of a religious institution is a truer reflection of its theology than almost anything else it does. There are limits to this argument. After all, the classic three pillars of Episcopal stewardship are time, talent, AND treasure, and what we do we this the first two is just as important as the last. But what we do with our treasure matters.
Seeing as it is only mid-April, it may come as a surprise that the process of developing the diocesan budget for 2014 is well under way. The Executive Council of the Diocese is making a concerted effort to be as transparent as possible about this year’s budget process, and is seeking input from stakeholders throughout the diocese. If you’re reading this, chances are you’re a stakeholder.
Take some time to read through the budget. If you’re not a numbers person by nature, use the narrative document for a nearly line-by-line explanation of what you’re looking at. Consider how this budget meets the needs of this diocese and our call as a Christian family in central and southern Indiana. What questions do you have?
The Executive Council is really, truly, seeking input. You can forward comments to Marsha Gebuhr at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can leave questions or comments here, and we’ll forward them on and do our best to get you answers (please be sure to indicate what parish you’re from). Or you can attend one of the three remaining Executive Council Listening Sessions. There’s one at St. Paul’s New Albany Sunday, April 21, at 2:30 pm, one at St. Timothy’s Indianapolis on Thursday, May 2 at 6:30pm, and at St. Andrew’s New Castle on Wednesday, May 22 at 7:00 pm.