Tag Archives: church governance

Positive Signs at St. Dysfunction, aka Grace Church

As Grace church begins the lengthy process of transition, there are some positive signs. The church, diocese, and vestry deserve kudos for these changes.First and foremost, we see the wardens and vestry finally assuming their proper role under the Episcopal canons. Instead of Bob Malm personally choosing the executive committee, which is a violation of the canons, and… Read More »

Grace Episcopal Alexandria Lurches Towards Financial Crisis

As I’ve said many times, Grace Episcopal’s existing cost structure is unsustainable. Thanks to the debt incurred for the recently completed HVAC project, as well as the parish’s continuing willingness to live above its means and its refusal to save, things are looking grim for the 2020 budget. This is the result that, in 2014, I warned Bob… Read More »

Grace Governance Gaps: Trouble in the Offing

In previous posts, I reported on the various governance gaps at Grace Church. With the church presently working towards replacing its HVAC systems, and to obtain funding for this project, I believe it’s timely to revisit these issues. Most importantly, I want to flag for readers a big issue, which is that there’s a huge governance gap in… Read More »

A Blast From the Past: Internal Controls Checklist

As the St. Dysfunction vestry meets tonight to discuss, inter alia, the church’s 2019 budget, here’s a great bit of context I came across from my old blog: A completed version of the Episcopal Church’s internal controls checklist. The denomination asks that all parishes complete this as part of the annual audit required under canon law. As you… Read More »

Before You Pledge, Know This: 1 out of Every 5 Dollars Goes to Bob Malm

As you consider pledging in 2019, it may be helpful to look at Bob Malm’s compensation in light of the church’s overall financial condition. Here is a quick summary of Bob Malm — by the numbers. Compensation as part of total parish annual budget Total church annual budget: ~ $1 million Total Bob Malm compensation, including indirects: ~… Read More »

Notice Something Amusing? Grace Church Further Retreats from Good Governance

One recent amusing change is that Grace Church has pulled the vestry minutes from the website. Leaving aside the fact — the “burning question,” as Kemp Williams would call it — that I don’t rely on the website for access to the vestry minutes, it shows how utterly clueless Bob Malm and the church are. Why is that?… Read More »

Churches and Liquidity Targets

Speaking of St. Dysfunction  Grace Episcopal and its governance/financial management, there’s a good article on churches and liquidity targets at: https://www.agfinancial.org/blog/cash-reserves-how-much-does-your-ministry-need/ Before you ask, the site is affiliated with the Assemblies of God. Given The Episcopal Church’s long history, and Bob Malm’s more than 40 years of “ministry,” it’s surely a sad day when Grace Church vestry members in… Read More »