Letter from 121 George StreetMay 28, 2012
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Thank you for supporting the worship, mission and service of the Church through the money you give in your offering. It is important that you know what happens to this money. This letter tells you how your congregation’s Ministries and Mission Contribution of £55,727 is used to enable the work of the Church.
Ministries (86%) – £47,925
This provides over 1,000 ministers and other parish workers in communities throughout Scotland and in the Presbytery of England, and supports the cost of recruitment and training. The 2012 cost of a parish minister at the top of the stipend scale is £39,895 (stipend plus employer’s national insurance and pension contributions.)
Mission (14%) – £7,802
This supports the Church’s work in resourcing congregations for Christian education and
outreach, in caring for the most vulnerable in society, in partnership with Churches in some of the poorest parts of the world, and in providing a Christian perspective on the issues of today. It also provides financial, legal, safeguarding and other services for congregations and committees, and supports the cost of the General Assembly and the Moderator.
Please note that Ministries and Mission Contributions only provide part of the total funding required for the work of the Church listed above. A fuller picture is given in the leaflet ‘2012 Ministries and Mission’, which is available free to all congregations.
I hope that this helps you to understand Ministries and Mission Contributions and shows you are enabling the sharing of the gospel through the money your congregation sends through the Church Offices to all parts of Scotland and beyond.
Gordon D. Jamieson (Head of Stewardship)