Church of England national funding to increase 30% to support and develop ministry
Wed 11th May 2022
The Church of England today announced plans for a significant
increase in funding for the next three years to support God’s mission
and ministry across the country, supporting local parishes and growing
many more new worshipping communities to serve the whole nation.
The Church Commissioners for England intend to distribute £1.2
billion between 2023 and 2025, up 30% from £930 million in the current
three-year period, and plan to maintain this level of funding in the
subsequent six years.
In total, this would mean the Church Commissioners plan to distribute
£3.6 billion to front-line work of the Church of England between 2023
and 2031, making the Church Commissioners and Archbishops’ Council among
the largest grant givers in the country.
The Church Commissioners’ distributions will account for
approximately 20% of Church funding, whilst the biggest contribution
comes from the faithful and generous giving of churchgoers across the
The core of the extra funding will be channelled into the
revitalisation of parish and local ministry. The distributions will help
fund dioceses’ plans to serve the nation by reaching more young and
disadvantaged people, addressing issues of racial justice, and radically
cutting the Church’s carbon footprint.
In line with the Church’s Vision and Strategy for the 2020s, funds
will also be used to support parish churches and dioceses. This will
Continued funding for the Church in the poorest parts of the
country, taking into account lessons from the recent independent review
into Strategic Development (SDF) and Lowest Income Communities (LInC)
Increasing the number of clergy in front-line ministry in
parishes and chaplaincies, with the intent that the Church’s clergy
better reflects the diversity of the nation that we serve.
In addition, the Church will lead by example in areas that are important not only to the Church but to wider society.
Enable thriving local churches across the country, making
significant contributions to their local communities and delivering even
more social action work.
Support diocesan, parish and cathedral plans for the Church to become net zero by 2030 – a target set by General Synod.
Fund measures that will make the Church more diverse.
The Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, said: “The vision for the
church is that we are Jesus Christ centred and Jesus Christ shaped and
this funding is a huge boost as we work together towards our aim of
being the church for everyone everywhere.
“It will help us reach more people with the gospel of Jesus Christ,
enabling us to establish what we hope will be 10,000 new Christian
“Working through our parishes, most of these will be in
neighbourhoods, schools and places of work and leisure. Some will be
online. At least 2,000 will be in the poorest and most deprived parts of
“This is very good news indeed.
“We strive to be a younger and more diverse Church. We must become a
church where everyone is confident in living as disciples of Jesus
Christ and in sharing their faith with others.
“This funding will help the Church of England raise its game in its service to the nation.”
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said: “The Church of
England is called to serve every community in the country, to be a
presence that transforms lives and answers the call of God.
“This funding will help local parishes and chaplaincies live out that
calling, providing support for mission so every person might hear the
Good News of Jesus Christ.
“I am especially pleased that the funding will support our aims to
double the number of children and young disciples by 2030 and aid the
parish system in doing what the Church does at its best: making the love
of God known to every person.”
Alan Smith, First Church Estates Commissioner, and the Bishop of
Manchester, David Walker, Deputy Chair of the Church Commissioners,
said: “The Church Commissioners are here to support the mission and
ministry of the Church.
“Thanks to our strong investment returns, we can now plan to expand our financial support.
“We want to enable churches, supported by their diocese, to be places
and communities where people discover faith and grow as followers of