ABC 2017 Budget
The Ashburton Baptist Church Budget for 2017 was approved at the AGM on 20th November 2016. A total income of $429,000 and expenditure of $425,000 is forecast in the budget.
- The 2017 budget relies on a 12% increase ($37k) on the projected 2016 income and is a return to the level of giving in 2015. The increase is required to fund a Youth & Young Adults pastor.
- We continue to encourage giving via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) as this helps provide a consistent incoming cash flow. Giving via EFT currently represents about 55% of total giving.
- Property income includes expected rental from Wellspring, 6A Y St and facilities usage.
- The budget includes staffing of 15.5 days per week and assumes a new pastoral appointment at 4 days per week commencing in April 2017.
- In line with 2016, a commitment of $18,000 is included for external mission.
- Support is also provided to Wellspring and the Baptist Union of Victoria.
- Other costs are in line with 2016 plus provision for CPI and other small increases.
2016 AGM Presentation
At our AGM on Sunday 20th November, Geoff Pound presented an overview of the year in pictures. You can watch it here.
Petition Regarding Markham Redevelopment
One of the points arising from the Markham Redevelopment Forum (22 November 2016) organised by the Ashburton Residents Action Group (ARAG) was the importance of people power.
Different speakers urged the writing to the government to express concerns about the redevelopment plans. They also stressed the value of Graham Watt's petition which when signed he will present to parliament.
We can't do this as an online petition as parliament won't accept that. We gave Graham over 200 signatures last night. He'd like 1,000 to present to parliament. Please download and print off the petition and get your friends, family and neighbours to sign it.
The deadline for submissions is Friday 2nd December.
Church Camp Survey
An online survey of people’s attitudes towards a possible church camp in 2017 was distributed electronically in early November. A total of 37 responses, representing approximately 70 people, were received. Thank you to all who responded.
As a result of the strong positive feedback, we have decided to proceed with a camp in 2017 and have booked Camp Wilkin at Anglesea for the weekend 28-30 July. More information will be available early in 2017.
A one page summary of the survey results is followed by a summary of responses to each question here.