A very thoughtful look at the place of Youth & Children’s ministry in budgetary processes!
I particularly love the suggestion to say something to any child you see in church!
[HT Mary Hawes and Miz aka DOPCANDY]

Building the Continuum

by Jerome W. Berryman

A 90% cut is not a budget cut. It is a statement.

Budgets are statements of values. The proposed budget for 2013-2015 appears to be a formal declaration of indifference for those who make decisions about funding the mission and ministry of The Episcopal Church regarding our church’s theology of children!

At the same time, the real action is not at the “national” church. The real action is in the parishes, where you are.  On the same day the budget was released I heard about yet another Christian educator getting sacked. I also received an email from the rector of a church in Oxford, UK, where they are going to extend the west end to make a welcoming place for children with a Godly Play room, and when it is not in use it will be a place to welcome adults. There’s the future. When we…

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