Southern Comfort wrote:when financial considerations are given as the ostensible reason for dismissing people whom a diocese then laments, the actual reason is usually political. In the case of Hallam, £50,000 a year debt is peanuts, and not a reason for firing a valued minister to the diocesan community. Hallam is not the first example where people have been fired on the grounds of finance when the actual reasons were completely different. Forget all the financial stuff.
Yes, I agree that sometimes this is true; and I presume you have some inside information to substantiate the claim that it applies to Hallam. However, it must surely be the case that sometimes financial considerations really are the cause of such regrettable cutbacks and redundancies. If so should we really keep our heads in the sand and ignore the implications? Is that not a recipie for more of the same?
In particular I know there are many church musicians in major regular establishments who assume the money 'will always be there' without asking how it is made. Such people (subconsciously) despise the 'financial administrators' and the fund raising methods adopted. They are just the 'back room boys' while others produce music in the 'public eye'. Yet when harsh financial decisions have to be taken the instinct is to 'shoot the messenger'.
By the way a £50,000 p.a. debt is not peanuts. Over 10 years that equals £500,000 (excluding interest payments).