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DIOCESE OF FORT WORTH MINISTRY FORMATION DAY 7 January 2006 Accountability – the Foundation of Parishioner Ownerships Peter M. Flynn Diocese of Fort Worth Director of Finance and Administrative Services Basics The “people in the pews” (PIPS) make everything possible. They can make you or break you. HOW? Through their exercise of Stewardship Time Talent Treasure Basics (cont) The building of a relationship with the people in the pews will pay dividends over time Teaching Stewardship and practicing Stewardship solidifies a good powerful relationship Relationship “… a state of affairs existing between those having dealings” “… passionate attachment” Trust “… reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something” “… one in which confidence is placed” Relationships - Diocese Diocese Finance Council Diocesan Pastoral Advisory Council Diocesan School Advisory Council Diocesan Pastoral Finance Council Diocesan Building Commission Diocesan Councils Make up is diverse and representative Carefully Chosen Clear purpose defined Public knowledge of members and purpose Open forum and listened to Nothing off limits Parish & School Councils Every entity in the Diocese has been asked to structure leadership and advisory councils the same way as the Diocesan structure Staff and Diocesan Council members like to visit local council regularly How to make this happen? The rubber hits the road at the parish level with the “PIPS” people in the pews. It begins with the “PIPS” embracing the church as their own. Ownership is a key element of people wanting to protect and invest in their church. Developing Ownership Collaboration Providing Resources Empowerment Collaboration It needs to be nurtured through consensus and using the talents of a large number of qualified parishioners for Advisory Groups on all levels. Parish School Diocesan Resourcing Number one job of Diocesan Offices Parishes and schools need to see Diocesan Departments as resource providers and not obstacles Training, policies, procedures and manuals can be seen as burdens, but, if done correctly, by qualified staff, they can be enabling First Step Challenging people in the pews to accept and exercise their call to discipleship. They are the “stakeholders” They need to have a conversion to Stewardship as a Way of Life Stewardship A WAY OF LIFE Who is a Christian Steward? One who receives God’s gifts gratefully, cherishes and tends them in a responsible and accountable manner, shares them in justice and love with all, returns them with increase to the Lord. Education and Formation for Stewardship A Major Priority A lifelong Process A Solid Foundation Bishop & Pastor make a complete, constant, personal and official commitment Collaborative Leadership is key For Adults, Youth & Children Types of Stewardship Personal Corporate Parish Leadership not Pastor Accountability and reporting for gifts gratefully received from members is an important responsibility of parish leadership Bishops Pastoral said… Pastors and parish staff must be open, consultative, collegial and accountable in the conduct of affairs Bishop Delaney said … Openness, honesty and transparency are the key to sharing “ownership” with the members of our church Accountability “… an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility for one’s actions” Leadership > the office or position of a leader > capacity to lead > the act or an instance of leading Bishop First – Pastor Next Canon Law clearly places capacity Bishop leaders by example How to be Accountable Just as individuals need to be accountable for their use the time, talent and treasure, so must the church Accountability can take many forms, but regular, systematic and complete reporting is critical Styles of Reports Verbal Written New Methods Annual Report Clear, comprehensive and understandable financial information must be provided to every parishioner by the Diocese, Parish, School or agency to which they contribute Openness, honesty and transparency are the key to sharing “ownership” and being accountable to the members of our church Elements of the Annual Report Colorful Professional Comes from the top - Bishop Starts with Human Interest Stories Provides a vision and road map of who the Diocese is through it people Account for every penny Contains the full audit Distribution Published Annually Insert in the Diocesan Newspaper Sent to every registered household Placed on the Diocesan WEB site Sent to Metropolitan Bishop Sent to all Bishop of Texas Available to answer any questions St. Vincent de Paul Annual Stewardship Report Report the Crisis $ 4,150,000 Settlement $ 994,000 Legal Fees Statement Published in Every Bulletin in every parish Published in the Diocesan Newspaper Sent to all the local secular newspapers NOTHING TO HIDE FUNDING THE SETTLEMENT How did the Diocese of Fort Worth fund the recent $4,150,000 settlement? Mr. Peter Flynn, Director of Finance and Administrative Services for the Diocese of Fort Worth, recently answered questions regarding the funding of a $4,150,000 settlement in a lawsuit from John Doe I and John Doe II against the Diocese of Fort Worth. The lawsuits involved a former priest of the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts, who worked in the Diocese of Fort Worth from 1988 through 1992. John Doe I received a settlement of $1,400,000 and John Doe II received a settlement of $2,750,000. Question: Does the $4,150,000 represent the total cost of this case to the Diocese of Fort Worth? Answer: No. In addition to the settlement amount, there was $994,000 in legal fees associated with the defense of this case. Question: Therefore, the diocese had to pay $5,144,000? Answer: No. An insurance policy covered some of the costs, especially legal expenses. $1,300,000 was paid by Catholic Mutual Group, the insurance group to which the diocese belongs, for the legal expenses and the remainder toward the settlement. Question: Where did the remaining $3,844,000 come from? Answer: The Diocese of Fort Worth has an insurance reserve fund which is designed to cover deductibles on insurance claims and losses above the coverage. While this fund was not large enough to handle this settlement in total, $2,200,000 was allocated from this reserve fund to fund this settlement. The remainder of $1,644,000 came from the diocesan quasi-endowment fund. Question: What is the quasi-endowment fund and where did the money in the fund come from? Answer: During his episcopacy, Bishop Delaney has invested contributions and excess revenue to provide an additional source of annual income for running the central administrative office of the diocese and funding special projects. While functioning as an endowment fund it is not legally restricted as an endowment fund. This money, which is put aside for contingencies, allows the diocese to operate without passing on to parishes all of its costs. Question: Will the diocesan tax paid by each parish increase as a result of this settlement? Answer: No. Bishop Delaney is a conservative money manager and has carefully structured the finances of the diocese with reserves as described above so that no one event will adversely impair the financial integrity of the diocese, its parishes, schools and other entities. (OVER) Crisis that they need to know Cost of Sexual Misconduct Cases Cost of Keeping Children Safe Programs Downturn in economy and it effect on Parish, Schools and the Diocese Do not pretend that it is business as usual People read and hear the news! Report the good stuff New building Success in the Annual Appeal Mission outreach opportunities and accomplishments Katrina Special Collects Katrina Action Opportunities and involvements Summary It has worked in our Diocese because: we had leadership from the top we focus on strengthening the local level we know our stakeholders as the PIPS Stewardship is accountability Every department has a collaborative part to make it work we have been doing it for 24 years IT CAN WORK IN ALL PLACE BE GOOD STEWARDS… … GOD WILL REWARD http://www.fwdioc.org > Administration > Finance & Administrative Services How to contact Peter Flynn and were to find a copy of this PowerPoint presentation?
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