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Last updated 6th October 2023


When people refer to 'The Diocese' - what do they mean? There are many answers to this question....

A) The Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF) at Clayton House exists to support the c. 235 parishes (each of which are themselves independent charities) through:

  • paying clergy stipends,
  • providing and maintaining clergy houses,
  • supporting ordinands and curates in training,
  • supporting and training people in lay ministries,
  • providing advice on church buildings,
  • providing training and support to parishes on implementing the themes of Vision 2026 in their context, 
  • providing safeguarding advice and training
  • providing support and advice on parish finance, governance and administration 
  • providing a Retreat House (Whalley Abbey)

B) The Bishops and Archdeacons are independent ‘office holders’ (not employees of the Diocesan Board of Finance). Their role is to support both clergy and lay parish leaders in pastoral, parish vacancy, administration and governance matters. The Bishops also confirm candidates at services held across the Diocese.

C) Blackburn Cathedral is a separate charity to the DBF and is led by the Dean supported by its own governance arrangements. NB The Dean is an ex-officio Director of the DBF.

D) The Diocesan Board of Education (DBE) is a separate charity to the DBF and is led by the Director of Education who is accountable to a Board of Directors. The DBF currently provides a financial grant to the DBE to fund parish-focused children/young people work.

Our Diocese has a number of committees and other governance structures.

Committees of the Diocesan Board of Finance:

Other Diocesan Committees:

Finance Committee

Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee

Investment Committee

Property Committee (Parsonages Board)

HR Committee

Board of Patronage

Synod Business Group

Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel

Budget Scrutiny Group

Diocesan Advisory Committee

Audit, Risk and Governance Committee


You can find out more about General Synod, Diocesan Synod, Deanery Synods, Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC), The Vision and Strategy Team, The Cathedral and Bishops Council and Directors by visiting the specific pages on this site.


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