The dioceseï¿½s 2010 and 2011 budgets, which were approved by Diocesan Council on Sept. 24 and will go to synod on Nov. 21 for final consideration, contain the following highlights:
ï¿½ Parish allotment is going down from 24% of assessable net income to 22.65%, leaving more money in the parishes for ministry.
ï¿½ Episcopal area budgets will be increased from $95,000 each to $112,500 each, creating more opportunity for area-based initiatives.
ï¿½ Curacy grants will increase from $143,000 to $190,000, allowing more new clergy to receive on-the-job training.
ï¿½ More money will be put into parish stewardship workshops, advocacy in the media, volunteer training, creating new Christian communities and church planting.