This is the end of the analysis of the situation of St. David's Episcopal Church
in South Yarmouth, MA. The objectives of the Diocese of Massachusetts and
of the current leadership of St. David's have become clear. As it has for the
three little churches profiled under "Church Finances" below, the diocese
recommends that St. David's use as much of its endowment as necessary to
hire a new rector, probably paying only 3/4 of prescribed compensation.
There is apparently no limit to how much a parish can withdraw from its
endowment annually, although a limit of four percent has been the norm.
Thus the diocese finds positions for as many clergy as possible, and the little
churches, including St. David's, keep the doors open for declining congregations.
The diocesan assessment thereupon becomes a transfer of funds from parish
endowment to the diocese, which was 32K in 2013.
St. David's is now a prisoner of the diocese, which controls the disposition of
part time clergy as well as full time. If the parish sought to continue with only
part time clergy filling in occasionally, the diocese could stop them. A full
time "rector" would have to be fully vetted by the diocese, regardless of how
much that person is paid. The default to any action taken by the parish that
does not meet diocesan demands will be the seizure and forfeiture of assets
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