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Surprised by vote to borrow from the future

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27 February 2015

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From Mr Ken Peters

Sir, - I am very surprised at the present results of the General Synod's vote on the funding of current mission activity. The majority say we should borrow from future funds for the present.

It seems to me that good stewardship entails living within one's means. The current austerity environment has come about because so many incurred debt, and the resultant deficit has imposed real hardship. Future generations of congregations will not thank us for placing such a burden on them.

All too often, the Church spends on things that are not directly mission. Mission is not a function of the Church; rather, it is the nature of God. Failure to embrace the nature of God is to deny our faith. Spending on non-mission activity is a failure of the Church. Instead of borrowing from future income, we should restrict current spending to the essential mission.

Ken Peters
82 Old Church Lane, Stanmore
Middlesex HA7 2RR

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