The parish share is exactly that: the parishes’ share of St Albans’ diocesan budget. This contribution to the Diocese is towards the costs of ministry and mission across the whole Diocese, particularly through funding and administering clergy and their housing. Typically more funding is budgeted to support ministry in parishes (87% of expenditure in 2014) than is received via Parish Share from parishes (85% of income in 2014). £11.6m was spent by St Albans Diocese in 2013 on mission and ministry directly supporting parishes paying 238 licensed clergy, their housing, training and other parish ministry costs.
Parish share expresses our relationship with each other – better off parishes contribute more, helping those parishes with lower incomes.
The following principles underlying the Parish Share have been established and include:
¨ All parishes should contribute to the direct cost of clergy ministry in the parish,
¨ The Diocesan Budget or Common Fund should allow some support for less affluent from more affluent parishes,
¨ A small budget should be available to support parishes with particular needs.