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Zero Percent Ministry Share Increase Proposed

The Christian Reformed Church’s Board of Trustees (BOT) is proposing that ministry shares be held at $316.76 per member for the 2012 budget year, for a projected total of $26.2 million.

Ministry shares are the monies collected from congregations to support joint ministries carried out at the denominational level.

The total projected denominational revenue from all sources is $200 million, but about half of that is the operating budget of Calvin College, the Grand Rapids, Mich., school owned by the denomination. (The ministry share portion for Calvin College is approximately $2.7 million, which is used for tuition grants for Christian Reformed students.)

Excluding Calvin College, ministry share income amounts to approximately $23.5 million, about 31 percent of the income received by the denominational agencies.

Another 45 percent is received from gifts and offerings other than ministry shares.

The remaining 24 percent comes primarily from grants and Faith Alive sales.

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Gayla Postma is news editor for The Banner.

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