The Agenda for Synod 2019 contains a well thought out proposal for reimagining ministry shares. A wider discussion via this forum will help many members to better understand what is being proposed starting in 2020.
Born '45, started work F/T '61 (Banking), Married '68, retired '02. Joanne and I have 5 children expanded by 5 daughters-in law and 12 grandchildren. Post retirement: 5 months Russian American Christian University Moscow, Russia, 7 years Christian Stewardship Services (Canadian equivalent of Barnabas). Served on Christian School Boards in Ontario, Alberta and BC. Served on BTGMI Board (2005-2012), Serving: The King's Christian University Foundation Investment Committee, Board Christian Scholars International, Toronto. and as Financial Consultant to various projects and people.
Joanne and I have visited all the key overseas locations of BTGMI on our own time and expense. Our passion is Christian Education and ministry via partnerships worldwide.
The pension plans for ordained pastors have some really interesting methods of calculating pensions payable. Using country-wide average salaries and excluding clergy housing allowances are but two examples.
The Christmas edition of The Banner was in my mail slot this morning. One of the items that immediately struck me was the complexity of our ministries.
The changes involving Home Missions and World Mission are really significant (lots of time, effort, resources and money are being spent on this). Let's discuss these changes in one place on The Network.
With the recent note on race relations put out by CRC Staff we need this article to show up in this section so we can respond or comment.
The new CRCNA budget process announced in the Banner of November 2013 is slated to go into effect for the 2014/2015 budget year.
What will be the pension for each if these Pastors when they turn 67 in five years?
I am a bit behind on this topic. However to pressure on folks who already work in mostly difficult circumstances this is a difficult position to support.
Page 16 of the January Banner has a notice about a mutual separation of a senior financial officer attached to a college owned by the CRCNA. This it appears after a 100 million dollars worth of "payments" are required in 2017. Where are the overseers of this officer? Where are the auditors?
What interesting way of putting all this. Like you, I grew up on farm in Southern Alberta and hoed sugar beets for seven years (spring and part of summer) between the ages 9 and sixteen. No...posted on: Living in the Land of Ambiguous Fruitfulness
I agree with August. I do follow another routine during the year though. I enter the charity number of the organization that is asking for the funds into the CRA website. It provides lots of...posted on: A CRCNA Guide to #GivingTuesday
I would like to enter this news release from The King's University in Edmonton Alberta.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 19, 2018 New Statement on Inclusion for The King’s...posted on: Turning the CRC Into an Lgbtq+ Ally
This article contributes to the very problem you are identifying i.e:
""If you are like me, six years after the launch of this idea, the hype around #GivingTuesday is starting to get...posted on: A CRCNA Guide to #GivingTuesday
Thanks for this discussion. I have wondered if Pareto's rule: 20/80 (20% of churches raise 80% of the funds) this rule can apply to many more situations. Somewhere in the church's info...posted on: Ministry Shares Explained
This is a very comprehensive document that will require a lot of study and explanation. One question to which the denomination has a pretty accurate answer and I would like to see how it squares...posted on: 2018 Denominational Survey Results
This is a critical discussion in almost all denominations and many charities. In our culture of "selfies" it is difficult to find common pursuits. As the article mentions if it "touches...
I wonder if we can move this discussion to the impact of how the CRC Pension Fund deals with the issue of salary.
Colin in fact raises the question by having "only" a salary. I understand...posted on: Clergy Housing, Tax Free - Canada
Thanks John that is very helpful. I am 3/4 way through the book "Unveiling Islam" by Ergun Mehmet Caner and Emir Fethi Caner. Published by Kregel Publications in 2002. The sub title is "An...
This is a very interesting topic. Here is an email I sent to Craig Bartholomew a year or so ago which deals with the issue in reverse, i.e. the Qur'an being translated into English using scripture...