Major concerns are Worldwide Mission Tithes meeting budget and successfully selling items to support the Bridge of Hope Project.
In the meantime, the Presiding Bishopric continues to work "The Way Forward" plan. Here's an update on the five items in the plan:
1. Two risk factors in the approved Worldwide Mission Budget are the level of undesignated bequests available and the continued support and growth of Worldwide Mission Tithes. If income is not received as planned, expenses will have to be reduced through a management budget.
2. The 2018 budget continues the level of ministries and services provided in the fiscal year 2017 Worldwide Mission Budget. It does not include expansion of the church into new areas or countries.
3. The prospect of selling historic assets and other properties in the USA and around the world continues to be evaluated. Net proceeds will be used to fund the Bridge of Hope project.
4. The Presiding Bishopric is signaling that trends for calendar year 2017 are concerning and will require corrective actions if they do not change. Church members, congregations, and mission centers are being asked to respond as they are able to continue to support Worldwide Mission Tithes. Additionally, the church's response to share from its abundance to Bridge of Hope Tithes is funding the church's annual retirement responsibility and discharging debts.
5. Resources are being created to support priesthood and leaders in developing disciples who understand faithful tithing as part of the six principles of a Disciples Generous Response. More information will be provided as work progresses.