The Narrative Budget
As we did last year, we'll be sharing our budget for 2021 through the lens of a narrative budget.
In this installment of the narrative budget, we’ll get into the details of four of the eight categories of our work at Christ Church and how we have put your contributions and energy to work in these areas. As you read them, may you be inspired, proud, but also reflective: where is God calling us to grow and stretch?
Supporting the work of the broader church
As an Episcopal church, we acknowledge that we are part of a greater church – in the Diocese of Olympia, in the United States, and within the Anglican Communion. We contribute to the broader church primarily in two ways:
- Through time spent by the clergy attending the diocesan convention and attending diocesan meetings
- Through our assessment, which is used by the diocese to support programs like campus ministry at our church and part of our curate’s salary
This area accounts for approximately 15% of our operating budget.
What’s next? We will continue to work with the diocese on deepening and improving our relationship with the Bishop. It should also be noted that we benefit from many grants from the diocese, including a grant that funds half of our Curate’s salary and benefits; a campus ministry grant for The Table (see below); and most recently, two grants (one for 2020 and one for 2021) to help cover expenses related to improving our online worship experience.
Caring for parishioners in need
Taking care of those in need within our parish family is one of the most personal works of our church. From taking holy communion to those who cannot come to church to providing prayer support and counseling to those who are ill or in crisis, our ongoing care exemplifies Christian community.
Pastoral care is given in the following ways:
- Bereavement counseling
- Funeral services
- Pre-marital counseling
- Visiting shut-ins
Pastoral care accounts for approximately 7% of our operating budget.
What’s next? We continue to be blessed to have an associate priest, a curate, and a rector who all spend time on pastoral care. We will continue to support their efforts, especially in this time of increased need due to Covid-19.
Growing our leaders
To continue to be a robust church, we need to have strong leaders. To that end, we support them by:
- Providing some financial support for our local seminarians in their studies (we currently have two)
- Providing for clergy continuing education
- Giving our rector a much needed period of renewal (a sabbatical) so she can return to us spiritually refreshed (Due to Covid, Shelly pushed her sabbatical out a year to 2021)
- Supporting our local seminary (CDSP – Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA)
Growing the leadership of our church is a way of ensuring that we will have amazing clergy and a vibrant church for years to come.
Growing our leaders accounts for approximately 7% of our operating budget.
What’s next? Our rector was contractually due for a sabbatical in 2020, but due to Covid-19, she pushed it out to 2021. We are well positioned to handle her departure, with our associate and curate. Enabling our rector to take a period for spiritual reflection and renewal will ultimately help our parish – it is good to have a happy, spiritually revitalized rector!
Evangelism, Welcome, and Fellowship
It is through talking to our friends and family about how awesome our church is (aka: evangelism) that our church will grow. Once people come to church, we greet them and welcome them into our parish and hope that they become part of our community. Once they are here, we rejoice in each other through fellowship, which includes coffee hour after church, rejoicing in our parishioners who are retiring from the vestry, women’s fellowship potluck dinners, and other gatherings throughout the year.
Currently, we do not spend any of our funds on evangelism or welcome, and very few funds on fellowship (0.5%).
This area also includes The Table, our UW campus ministry group, which was recently rehoused at our church, and which continues to flourish as part of our parish. We love students!
Evangelism, Welcome, and Fellowship accounts for approximately 7% of the budget, of which 88% is campus ministry.
What’s next? If we want to grow as a parish, we will need to do more to evangelize what an amazing place our church is and all the good work that we are doing. We need to be welcoming and reach out to new faces in the pews and online, and we need to do as much as we can for our students who are new to our ranks.
As you read about where our money and energy currently is being spent, consider where you hear God calling us to grow, to sacrifice and to stretch, and in some cases, where is God calling us to let go? How can we more fully embody what God is calling us to be?
A HUGE thank-you to Melissa Morrell and Kathy Chamberlain for their hard work on this!