Category Archives: Church finances

Grace Continues to Defer Maintenance, Fails to Understand Implications

A quick look at the Grace Church property makes clear that the church continues to defer both preventive maintenance and emerging maintenance needs. These factors, combined with ignoring opportunities to implement costs-saving upgrades, spells bad news for the parish’s long-term finances. In addition, the shabby appearance of the church sends an uninviting message to prospective members. Easy Fixes… Read More »

Proposed Diocesan Budget Zeroes Out Women in Ministry, Mental Health, and Sexual Misconduct Prevention

Okay, we get that times are tough. But the proposed diocesan budget is a hot mess. Tellingly, three areas of the budget that should be non-negotiable (and already were getting short shrift), are defunded. These include women in ministry, mental health, and sexual misconduct prevention. All three are areas already impacted by the pandemic, with sharp increases in… Read More »

Diocesan Budget Details and Parish Pledges Reveal Dire State of Church Finances

The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia has released its budget for 2021, after a budget failed to pass at last year’s convention. Overall, the budget reflects a nearly 7 percent drop in pledges from the parishes, resulting in serious challenges for the fat cats at Mayo House. Of note are the details of parish pledges. Once again, Grace has… Read More »