Synod 2008 adopted a ministry share for calendar year 2009 of $307.53 per active, professing CRC member age 18 and older. This represents a 3-percent increase from this year—slightly below inflation. Ministry share is one important way in which local congregations provide grassroots support for the work of denominational ministry. This is an economical way of raising required revenues because it reduces the need for expensive fund-raising campaigns.
How Our Dollars Support CRC Ministry
Ministry Share Breakdown for 2009*
Back to God Ministries International $43.97
Calvin College 31.60
Calvin Theological Seminary 35.91
Faith Alive Christian Resources 12.49
Home Missions 44.24
World Missions 59.93
Denominational Services 36.46
Sustaining Congregational Excellence 1 0.56
Specialized Ministries ** 31.01
Special Assistance Fund *** 1.36
Total Per-Member Assessment $307.53
The Christian Reformed World Relief Committee receives no ministry share.
*These amounts represent allocation for $307.53 ministry share for the 2009 fiscal year budget.
**Abuse Prevention, Chaplaincy Ministries, Disability Concerns, Ministries in Canada (Aboriginal Ministries, Committee for Contact with the Government, Service Link), Pastor-Church Relations, Race Relations, Social Justice and Hunger Action, Restorative Justice
***A fund that provides assistance to cover the cost of a pastor’s final move at retirement, as well as special needs of retired pastors or their surviving spouses.