Views sought on new proposals to help fund the work of the Church locally

The views of parishioners, clergy and PCCs are being invited by the Diocese as developments to the way the shared mission and ministry of the local Church is funded are considered.

Launching One mission, many places: a consultation on Indicative Offers, the Diocesan Secretary, Geoff Marsh said:

“This is a significant proposal for us. We have all expressed through Called Together an ambition to grow disciples, enrich communities and resource our mission and ministry. This proposal is about supporting that vision and so we would value people’s views.”

Currently, each parish determines its own Parish Pledge to the Diocese every year. It’s vital, as the offer represents 86% of the Diocese’s total income of £10.6m a year.

Overall costs are currently running at around £11m a year, this is after significant savings and changes.

The proposal, developed in partnership with clergy and treasurers from a range of parishes in different traditions and social and economic areas, has also been driven by parishes requesting guidance on an appropriate amount for their Parish Pledge, and the real financial challenge the Diocese faces.

How Indicative Offers work

An Indicative Offers based system would see each parish provided with a suggested amount they could afford, based on a common formula.

Having researched other options, it is believed that Indicative Offers would help build a fairer and more transparent funding model, that would also allow the Diocese to plan more confidently for the future. It also aims fundamentally, to support growth.

Shared responsibility

Rev Richard Williams, Director of Finance, said that being aware of our responsibility and commitment to each other as a Diocesan family was vital, if providing ministry in deprived areas, growing mission projects, reaching out to areas of new population growth, and offering general parish support was to be carried out effectively:

“In Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians we read about how important it is that we recognise that we are all part of one body and dependent upon each other.

“By encouraging our shared responsibility to nurture a Common Fund, we can all live out our shared values and the Diocese can grow to meet the future needs of parishes and the communities they are part of and serve.”

How to take part

Those interested in contributing to the consultation have until the 2 November 2018 to do so.

Materials to help facilitate parish discussions include a detailed proposal and an ‘at a glance’ guide, and an online questionnaire, all of which can be found at: www.rochester.anglican.org/diocese /consultation 

As well as the online questionnaire, you can email your views to: consultation@rochester.anglican.org or by post to:

One mission, many places consultation
Diocese of Rochester,
St. Nicholas Church,
Boley Hill,
Rochester, ME1 1SL




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