Through his half-hour speech at the DeSoto Savannah Hilton, [Bishop Scott] Benhase set ministerial goals and addressed the diocese’s financial struggles.
Revenue in 2010 was expected to decline 4 percent, mostly due to a smaller carry-forward from the previous year, according to a financial report posted on the diocese’s Web site.
The budget showed tithing – described as “pledges”- remained about the same.
“Some of the financial challenges we face are due to the larger economic recession in which this country still suffers,” he said.
But some problems preceded the recession, he said.
“It’s been there much longer. We’ve been drawing on past financial reserves to fund current ministry. This must stop.”