Church fails to put money where its mouth is

Church fails to put money where its mouth is

By staff writers
12 Feb 2004

-12/2/04

Plans to divert £5.5 million from Church of England cathedrals and bishops into mission work have been postponed indefinitely by the General Synod after a series of attacks by senior clergymen.

The decision will be seen as a failure by the church to put its money where its mouth is, after it gave its enthusiastic support to a report about new ways of doing church and mission.

The Synod, gathering in central London, voted to adjourn a debate on the future use of church commissionersí funds, which included proposals for a £5 million cut from support of bishops and a £500,000 switch of funds from richer cathedrals.

The money would be used to contribute towards a new £9 million six-year new mission development scheme to help the Church of England reach non-believers. Some of the money may well have been used to back new forms of being and doing church such as the "cafe church" idea.

-12/2/04

Plans to divert £5.5 million from Church of England cathedrals and bishops into mission work have been postponed indefinitely by the General Synod after a series of attacks by senior clergymen.

The decision will be seen as a failure by the church to put its money where its mouth is, after it gave its enthusiastic support to a report about new ways of doing church and mission.

The Synod, gathering in central London, voted to adjourn a debate on the future use of church commissionersí funds, which included proposals for a £5 million cut from support of bishops and a £500,000 switch of funds from richer cathedrals.

The money would be used to contribute towards a new £9 million six-year new mission development scheme to help the Church of England reach non-believers. Some of the money may well have been used to back new forms of being and doing church such as the "cafe church" idea.

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