The Parish Share is an essential support for mission and ministry in our Diocese
Generous sharing and mutuality in the Body of Christ
The way we pay for our clergy is called Parish Share, and it is vitally important for every parish and congregation in our diocese. Parish Share is a mutual sharing of our financial resources between weathier and poorer parishes that quite simply makes Anglican ministry and mission possible in the Diocese of Liverpool.
This is more important than ever - Fifty years ago around three-quarters of the cost of Anglican clergy was met by the Church Commissioners in London. Today much the same proportion is met by the faithful folk in church on Sunday.
Parish Share is not about our buildings; it is not even about our bishops. Parish Share funds the lion's share of the cost of our parish clergy as they serve in our parishes; the rest comes from wealthier dioceses who share their resources with us.
Parish Share is deeply rooted in the biblical principle of generous sharing and mutuality in the Body of Christ. St Paul spent a good part of his apostolic ministry organising a financial collection from the gentile churches for the impoverished church in Jerusalem. No less for us, Parish Share is a tangible expression of our corporate life and mutual interdependence.
Parish Share covers our missional leadership, most of the costs of our clergy's pay, pension, housing and training, as well as some Reader training and support for our church schools. Without Parish Share we would not be able to sustain the mission and ministry of the majority of parishes in our Diocese.
The commitment of our parishes to playing their part generously in mutual support of ministry and mission across the Diocese is second to none. Thank you.
Transparency and fairness around Parish Share is important, as is the need to support parishes in meeting their Share allocations.
The downloads on this page show the latest allocations for parishes, plus information about how share is calculated and how we are working to sustain Parish Share and support parishes.
Parish Share Payment Plans
Liverpool has a Parish Share collection rate of around 98%, which is the envy of many other dioceses.
However, a single percentage fall in the total Parish Share collection rate equates approximately to the cost of two stipendiary clergy posts. It is vital therefore that we maintain our historic high collection rates and reverse any decreasing trend in Parish Share payments.
Our Diocesan Synod courageously addressed this issue in 2011, committing the Diocese to support those in genuine difficulty whilst ensuring the maximum level of share is contributed. Synod expects churches that go into long-term Parish Share arrears (more than three months), to produce a Parish Share Payment Plan.
You can find the Synod paper, Reversing the Payment Trend, in the Useful downloads box.
Changing Parish Share from 2016
Following the decision of our Diocesan Synod in 2015, the way we calculate the Parish Share allocation formula changed from the start of 2016. Here is a brief summary - for more detailed information see the Diocesan Synod report, 2015 Parish Share Review.
The information used to allocate Parish Share assessments is:
overall cost of providing ministry (Missional Leadership) within the diocese
parish deprivation data from the Office of National Statistics
weekly attendance information for each church
Using nationally determined deprivation statistics, all our parishes are ranked in order of their level of overall deprivation. This ranking is combined with each church's weekly adult attendance to generate a score. Then the total fixed cost of providing ministry and missional leaders (primarily the cost of our stipendiary clergy) is divided up between each church according to their respective score.