It costs £22.1 million to support mission and ministry in the diocese. The majority of this amount is funded through the generosity of our parishes and we are immensely grateful for this giving.
Part of the cost of mission and ministry has been met in the past by a subsidy from the national church of £3.1 million which we were able to pass on to parishes.
This meant that even though many parishes faithfully paid 100% of the parish share we asked from them, this was less than the actual costs of providing a priest. All this has changed.
The subsidy we received is disappearing. In parallel, we have a rising deficit. We now have to pay the entire cost of ministry so we need to find ways of mutually supporting each other going forward.
We also remain committed to financially supporting parishes in deprived areas. Indeed we want to be able to increase the funding we give to support parishes in deprived areas.
Chelmsford Diocese is not unique in facing such a challenge but it is a challenge that we have no choice but to tackle head on. There are a number of key features that must be at the heart of our response:
This flyer contains the prayer and can be printed and handed out to members of the congregation ahead of services. To purchase printed versions of the flyer please email the Diocesan Print Unit.
Read the paper presented to the Diocesan Synod in November 2019, from subsidy to sustainability.
Watch Bishop Stephens address to the November synod .