The Vestry Meeting and Annual Parochial Church Meeting
will be held on 3 April 2018 at 7.30 pm in the church vestry.
Contributions from parishes towards Diocesan costs was
discussed at a recent Deanery meeting. The Diocese of Truro,
like all other Anglican Dioceses, provides certain services for its
parishes [these include legal and financial support and advice,
training and support for parish priests, management of clergy
houses and glebe land etc].
Unlike many other Dioceses, Truro, as a new creation in 1877,
has no ancient endowments, land or investments, and is largely dependent
on contributions from individual parishes to provide the funding to run the Diocesan office and its obligations.
Currently the income from parishes is not enough to maintain the
Diocese which is having to dip into its modest reserves to balance
Recent arrangements have allowed parishes to make an offer that they feel they can afford, so that in theory richer parishes can support those which are less welloff.
The Diocese suggests that this is not working and is asking for a
cost-based system whereby each parish pays the full amount of its ministry and other support costs.
Our cluster clergy have responded to this:
•reminding the Diocese of the many hours of volunteer time in parishes which seem not to be acknowledged by the Diocese as ‘in kind’ support, worth, in money terms, a very considerable amount. This of course includes
the chairmen and members of numerous Diocesan committees who give their time and expertise freely.
•The cost of ministry is known but we have no idea of the overall cost
of Diocesan staff salaries and other costs.
•Many active members of congregations are pensioners who should
not be expected to bridge the gap in the Diocesan pensions fund.
•If it isn’t good practice for the Diocese to meet the shortfall out
of its reserves, it is equally unfair to expect parishes to do so.
•Given that parishes have to work hard to generate income, maybe
the Diocese could organise a few fund raising activities of its own? .