Last updated 9th August 2017
Parish Share is the sum of money contributed by each parish every year to the diocese which mainly supports local ministry. Parish Share is essential to the mission of the church in the diocese as without it, clergy could not be supported.
Every parish receives benefit from the Parish Share in the following ways:
As you will see from the video presentation on the 2017 Diocesan Budget by the Chairman of The Board of Finance to Diocesan Synod in October 2016, Parish Share accounts for around 75% of the Parish Share budget.
For more information about the 2017 Diocesan Budget - link to be added
The total amount of Parish Share required each year is divided between the parishes based on a formula that takes account of the amount of 'ordained ministry' provided, the regular church attendance (averaged over a three year period) and a parish socio-economic factor using nationally available Indicies of Multiple Deprivation data.
Through Parish Share, each church is given the opportunity of contributing towards the financial cost of ministry in the entire diocese. Larger and wealthier parishes are asked to make greater contributions so that stipendiary ministry can be provided to less wealthy areas that otherwise might not have been able to afford it.
As Paul the Apostle writes:
“Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what they need.” (2 Corinthians 8vv13-14a, NIV)
The Parish Share Budget booklet for 2017 contains an overview of the 2017 Budget in graphic form plus information and advice about good stewardship and the Biblical principals underpinning Parish Share. Treasurers and PCC secretaries are encouraged to promote the booklet and the other links above using their regular local communications channels, such as parish magazines and websites.
If you have any questions about the Diocesan Budget budget or your Parish Share calculation, please contact our Finance Team via the Diocesan Office main switchboard number 01254 503070.