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Transient Bishop

Postby carlscpa » Thu Aug 25, 2011 9:26 am

The transient Bishop in our Stake has incurred expenses helping transient members and wants to know how to be reimbursed. He thinks it would be unfair to be reimbursed from his ward's fast offerings account since that would make it seem his ward may be over spending in that area.

I would assume that if he identifies those expenditures and notifies the Stake President, the ward would not be considered over spending for it's own members.

I would appreciate any comments.

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Postby aebrown » Thu Aug 25, 2011 9:51 am

carlscpa wrote:The transient Bishop in our Stake has incurred expenses helping transient members and wants to know how to be reimbursed. He thinks it would be unfair to be reimbursed from his ward's fast offerings account since that would make it seem his ward may be over spending in that area.

I would assume that if he identifies those expenditures and notifies the Stake President, the ward would not be considered over spending for it's own members.

I would appreciate any comments.


The only person who would even be making any judgment as to whether a ward is "over spending" in the area of fast offering expenditures is the stake president. The only practical way to pay fast offering expenses is from a ward. So my recommendation would be for the bishop to let the stake president know what he is doing. In the process of doing that, the stake president will certainly give him counsel as to how he should get reimbursed, but I'm quite confident that the stake president will simply say to cover the expenses through the ward's fast offering account. When the stake president analyzes fast offering expenditures, he will then know why that ward's expenditures may be unusually high.
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Postby crislapi » Thu Aug 25, 2011 1:31 pm

There is no such thing as over-spending fast-offering funds. Bishop Burton provided clarification in the 2009 Worldwide Leadership Training. See this post (and accompanying thread) for more.

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Postby aebrown » Thu Aug 25, 2011 1:42 pm

crislapi wrote:There is no such thing as over-spending fast-offering funds.


I wouldn't interpret Bishop Burton's statement quite that strongly. Although it's true that there should be no correlation between fast offering donations and expenditures, it can be entirely proper for a stake president to examine the fast offering assistance that a bishop has been providing and counsel him that it needs to be reduced -- not because it exceeds any fixed amount, but because of some particular expenses which may be inappropriate. A large increase in spending may be one factor that leads the stake president to do that analysis and discuss the situation with the bishop, making sure that the bishop understands and properly applies the principles behind the welfare program.
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Postby carlscpa » Fri Aug 26, 2011 1:15 pm

Thank you very much. Your replies have been very helpful.


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