Magazine article Anglican Journal

Axe Falls at World Council of Churches: Poor Finances Result in Job Cuts

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Axe Falls at World Council of Churches: Poor Finances Result in Job Cuts

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Geneva

Faced with a predicted financial shortfall of more than six million Swiss francs ($6.44 million Cdn) in 2003, the World Council of Churches -- the world's biggest church grouping -- has said it will reduce its staff by 15 per cent to a total of 141 posts by the end of next year.

"The reorganization reflects the WCC's need to reduce planned expenses for 2003, and new thinking on how to fulfil the council's mandate of seeking unity and co-operation among its 342 member churches worldwide," the WCC said in a November statement.

The WCC currently has the equivalent of 165 full-time positions.

The council did not, however, say how many people would be affected by its measures, but said in its statement it was cutting the equivalent of 16 full-time posts. Measures to achieve this will include termination of contracts, reduction in working time and relocating activities to partners in other parts of the world.

"The council, through this reorganization, has manifested its will and its ability to respond constructively to a critical situation," said the WCC's general secretary, Konrad Raiser. …

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