More WCC members now paying dues

Overall financial situation described as positive
Three-quarters of the World Council of Churches’ 348 member bodies paid their membership contributions in 2005, compared with 55 percent in 1999, the main governing body of the world’s biggest church grouping reports.

“I am pleased to confirm that the overall financial situation is positive,” Anders Gadegaard of Denmark, the moderator of the WCC finance committee, told the central committee meeting in Geneva before his committee’s report was adopted September 5.

Still, underlying income trends are down, the WCC reported, and Gadegaard urged member churches to take their financial responsibilities more seriously. He said that ecumenical commitment means “staying together, praying together and paying together.”

 

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