Our Finances

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With 334 churches and over 100 church schools, the Diocese of Canterbury is committed to serving every community in South and East Kent.

Ministry is offered through 120 parish clergy, 60 non-stipendiary clergy, 170 Readers, and thousands of volunteers - including churchwardens, Authorised Lay Ministers, youth group leaders, church officers and clergy with Permission to Officiate. 

Around 16,000 people worship in our churches every week and many more thousands benefit from our mission and ministry through youth and children’s work, lunch clubs, drop-in centres, food banks, winter shelters, community banks and ministry to people in care homes, hospitals, prisons, schools and universities.

To help make this possible, every church contributes to the Parish Share. The Parish Share is a financial contribution made by every parish to the collective life of our diocese. It's an expression of our interdependence and mutual responsibility, enabling every community to share in life-changing mission and ministry.

Find out more about where our money comes from and it is spent in our Parish Share leaflet.

Our Finances In-Depth

Contact members of our Finance team to find out more or get help with your parish finances.

Parish Share Review

We are currently undertaking a review of Parish Share, as requested by our Diocesan Synod in March 2018. The Archbishop's Council set the terms of reference for this review as follows: 

  • Consider how we fund our common life in the light of the current missional challenges
  • Consider the balance between centrally funded mission and local mission
  • Consult widely with parishes and deaneries across the diocese
  • Give consideration to the last 2 Parish Share Reviews (2013 and 2016)
  • Research the different methodologies for allocating the parish shares of the agreed diocesan budget in other dioceses of the Church of England,
  • Consider other potential methodologies for the allocation of these shares,
  • Consider the theology of the different methodologies and which would give rise to the fairest allocation to deaneries and parishes across the diocese,
  • Consider how best to communicate with parishes and deaneries and how to educate people as to the purposes of parish share and its allocation
  • Report to the Finance and Assets Committee upon its findings
  • From these findings make recommendations to Finance and Assets and thence to Archbishop’s Council on an appropriate methodology for Parish Share by the end of 2018 with a view to presenting to the Diocesan Synod in March 2019.

The Review Group is made up of the following:

  • The Chair of the Board of Finance
  • The Diocesan Secretary (Secretary of Archbishop’s Council)

plus seven other representatives to include:

  • An Area Dean or Parish Incumbent
  • A Deanery Treasurer or Lay Chair
  • A Parish Treasurer

Supported by The Diocesan Director of Finance and other officers as requested by the group

A quorum of 5 members would need to be present for the group to conduct business.