Posted on Tue, Apr 16, 2013
Rev. Lawrence Keeler has asked members of the finance committee and administrative council to come together at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, to discuss the church's financial situation.
The council was advised at its regular April meeting that Zion had operated with a deficit of more than $12,000 during the first quarter of 2013.
"I don't think we can wait another month to address this since we're running $1,000 a week behind budget," he said in a memo to the committee. He informed members of the council that he wished them to discuss and act on a number of recommendations that would drastically reduce spending in 2013. They include:
-- making the music director's position an hourly position and limiting further expenditures for that job to $500 for the remainder of the year.
-- eliminating the paid youth-director position effective July 1.
-- eliminating paid janitors effective immediately and returning to a system of volunteers.
-- running a number of programs at the church -- WOW, Creative Arts Camp, some church-school ministries, and our kitchen ministries -- on a pay-as-you-go basis, using donations and not underwriting the programs through the church's general fund.
If Zion were to continue to operate at its first-quarter level of deficit spending, the church would use up its entire endowment in calendar 2013 just to remain open.
The church was hit with a series of tremendous bills for natural gas in January when the trustees switched vendors and had new tanks installed and filled. Hopefully, deficit spending would not continue at that level. If it does, Rev. Keeler's memo stated, the church will very soon have to consider making pastoral leadership less than three-quarter time.
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