ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The 2.5 million-member Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod has ordered big cuts in its national budget for the fiscal year that began June 1. The $89.6 million is $10 million below the budget adopted a year ago and drops $9.1 million from budget requests by agencies.
The conservative denomination said elimination of some programs and staff is likely but details are undecided. Especially hard-hit is higher education, which had its request cut by $4 million.
Administrative officer Brad Hewitt said unrestricted income pledged for national programs, mostly from congregational offerings, is $25.6 million for the new fiscal year, compared with more than $50 million 20 years ago, adjusted for inflation.
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod: http://www.lcms.org
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