Noting a trend with no immediate end, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the United Church of Christ have announced shortfalls in contributions, which are likely to mean cuts in national staffs.
The Presbyterians’ General Assembly mission budgets must be cut for $9.15 million between this year and 2008, officials said March 15. Staff cuts may be announced on May 1, according the Presbyterian News Service.
“This is clearly part of a longer trend in the church and probably most churches,” said executive director John Dettrick of the General Assembly Council. “Presbyterians are funding mission differently—they are giving to their churches in larger amounts, “he said, but added that many of the reduced contributions are in unrestricted giving.