At its meeting on March 13, Diocesan Council approved a rebate of one month’s mission share payment to every congregation in the diocese. The rebate will be credited to each congregation’s account in July.
Bishop Wayne Smith asked council to approve the rebate, citing the financial impact of COVID on congregations. “People and clergy have been crying for support for parish ministries and for any relief after a hard season,” he said. “Southern Ohio had an unexpected surplus in revenues for 2021. It seemed the right thing to direct these revenues to the parishes.”
The unexpected surplus, Canon John Johanssen said, is a result of lower expenses during COVID shutdowns, which most in-person events could not take place, and a Paycheck Protection Program loan from the federal government that was used to cover allowable diocesan expenses. The diocese received a first-draw PPP loan of $442,000 in April 2020, which was forgiven last August.
“This decision is very consistent with Bishop Smith’s desire to financially assist the congregations in any way possible,” Johanssen said. “The financial impact of COVID has been difficult on our congregations and this credit of one month’s mission share payment will provide tangible financial help and show diocesan appreciation for their situations.”
Questions about the mission share rebate can be directed to the Rev. David Getreu, the diocese’s associate for financial management and oversight, at firstname.lastname@example.org.