Monthly Archives: September 2020

Alleged Embezzlement by Menlo Park Rector Raises Larger Governance Questions

It’s hardly a first. In an article that has attracted relatively little notice, the rector of Trinity Episcopal in Menlo Park CA recently was fired after allegedly embezzling more than $200,000 over a period of five years. Details were uncovered via a months-long forensic audit, and total losses were more than double the amount church officials originally believed… Read More »

Is the Episcopal Church Going the Way of the Grange?

By the Rev. Dr. George Clifford. Republished by permission. First published in 2011. Ample evidence of the continuing numerical decline in The Episcopal Church (TEC) is widely available. The recent report, Episcopal Congregations Overview: Findings from the 2010 Faith Communities Today Survey, provides the latest documentation: • Over half (52%) of all Episcopal congregations are in communities of… Read More »

Financial Transparency: An Epic Failing of the Episcopal Church

One of the great truths of non-profit governance is the importance of transparency. As one CPA firm puts it, “Transparency is a trust building tool; the more transparent your organization becomes, the more trustworthy you will be viewed by the public, donors, and regulators. It is important for non-profit organizations to clearly state their mission and communicate the outcomes of their actions to the outside… Read More »

Coming Soon: Parochial Report Results

One of the great traditions of the Episcopal Church is about to again to hit the radars of us governance weenies. In just a few days, the national church will report the results of the annual parochial report, a tradition that dates to the earliest days of the church. Reporting a variety of statistical data that reflects the… Read More »