The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) announced this month that 75 national staff jobs will be cut at its Louisville, Kentucky, headquarters, along with 55 positions in its overseas missionary force.
The reductions amount to “the most radical restructuring” of the mainline Protestant denomination’s mission program since 1993, Presbyterian News Service reported. Most of the 75 national staff cuts were effective immediately on May 1, while others will occur by October.
The church’s General Assembly Council, which functions as its board of directors, determined that the cuts were necessary to reduce the mission budget by $9.15 million.
The changes will eliminate three churchwide divisions: Congregational Ministries, National Ministries and Worldwide Ministries. The senior executives of those divisions will be among those whose jobs will be eliminated October 1.