At our clericus today Dean Baker talked about how changes being proposed in our budget and the the apportionment structure reflect new directions for our diocese.  The realities of the world around us have changed.  Kent McNair noted that in a diocese of some 70 congregations, since the 80’s, more than 20 congregations that had full time clergy then no longer have full time clergy today.  And I noted that some of our congregations who have been in clusters can no longer support those clusters today.  A number of churches which used to have more than 1 full time paid clergy can no longer support more than 1 full time paid clergy.  This, in spite of being larger than they were when they had more than one clergy. (more…)