For wealthy Kirk congregations such as St Mungo’s in Glasgow, fundraising is part of their Christian duty, writes Craig Brown.
But the money raised does not directly benefit their parish; it goes to a central pot for redistribution. Successful fundraising means a larger contribution to other churches.
Now the Kirk is considering radical reforms to give individual presbyteries and congregations greater financial and administrative autonomy. A report to be brought before the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly, to be held next month, will look at ways of allowing churches to keep more of the money they raise to spend on local projects.
Full story, which compares St Mungo’s (aka Glasgow Cathedral) with Richmond Craigmillar Church in Edinburgh, at The Scotsman.