From 2017 Share will be allocated directly from the diocese not to deaneries but to benefices, to commissioned mission and ministry units and to those groupings which have opted to be ‘early adopters’ of the new scheme.
The following year, 2018, mission and ministry units will see the cost of their ministry, that’s A in the diagram, and also B which represents their proportion of the costs of training future ministers, and of the various services which exist right across the diocese.Then we come to C.
Mission and ministry units will be invited either to make a request for money from the Mutual Support Fund or make a pledge into it. The major difference between the old scheme and the new one is that instead of financial support for those places that need it being allocated through a complex and quite variable formula, it will be given through a Mutual Support Fund.
The Fund starts with money already in it from various sources, including the national funding for deprived communities, and that money will be passed directly on to the parishes affected without any kind of application process. You can see that the old scheme and the new rely on mutual support and generosity. They are central, but it is much more transparent under the new arrangements.
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