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Last updated 29th March 2018

Parish Share 2018

The Parish Share Budget leaflet for 2018 contains an overview of the 2017 Budget in graphic form plus other general information and advice and helpful pointers about where to get more information and assistance.

All Treasurers, incumbents and PCC members will receive a leaflet and are encouraged to promote its contents using their regular local communications channels, such as parish magazines, websites and simple word of mouth.

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.

Please view and use the resources below ...

  •  A link to a pdf for the Parish Share leaflet in case you want to download it and print further copies
  •  An interview with John Dell and Nick Aves, respectively Chair of the Diocesan Board of Finance, and Chair of the Finance Committee, about support and assistance available to parishes in relation to Parish Share.
  • And watch a video of the full budget presentation to Diocesan Synod by John Dell in October 2017, including a short introductory interview with John about the importance of Parish Share.

What is Parish Share?

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:

  • clergy monthly stipend
  • clergy pension contributions
  • housing costs
  • clergy training
  • the wide range of diocesan support services e.g. the Discipleship and Ministry team, that supports training of licensed lay workers

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)