What is the Common Fund?

Each of the 43 dioceses receives money from three main sources:

  1. Its own investments;
  2. A contribution from the income of the Church Commissioners, shared out according to the wealth of the dioceses so that the poorer ones benefit most; and
  3. A contribution from the parishes known as the Common Fund. This is worked out by dioceses in different ways that all aim to be fair in sharing the burden between richer and poorer parishes.

Just as the parishes make a contribution to the dioceses, so the dioceses make a contribution to the national running costs of the Church of England. This apportionment is used for training new clergy and funding the Church's national response to matters such as education, social responsibility, communications, mission, ministry, ecumenical relations and so on.

So, the Common Fund from each parish is used to pay for:

If you want to know more about how the money is used, a short video that explains about how the Common Fund works is available on the Other Resources about Freewill Offerings page.

What is different about 2017?

2017 will be a particularly challenging year because the amount of money that we receive, as the Diocese of York, from the Church Commissioners will start to reduce. In the coming years, we will need to find a way of making up a significant shortfall in income.

We will also be looking at how we want to invest for growth over the next 10 years. There are some new funding streams available to help with this as part of the national Renewal and Reform programme and there will be consultations across the diocese later in 2016 about how we best focus our activity, as a diocesan family, to support growth in Christ-likeness, Commitment, Partnership, Influence and Numbers.

Resources to Help with Your Freewill Offer 2017

Please use this material to support you as you pray about this important decision, which impacts not only your own church, but every other worshipping community in the diocese. There is a card this year for congregation members to inform their prayers, as well as a sheet for PCCs.

To avoid duplication, we are not sending out previous years' comprehensive material in print, but it does remain highly relevant, and is available here:

Other Resources about Freewill Offerings