Well, if you really want to know...
In the Church of England a deanery is a group of parishes forming a
district within an archdeaconry.
A group of neighbouring parishes form an administrative area.
Each deanery is overseen by a Rural Dean (an ordained minister) and a Lay Chairman (not ordained).
Each area has its own Deanery Synod - which is made up of clergy and elected church members from the parishes within the area - and they meet 3 or 4 times a year.
Revision To Parish Share System
The total of Parish Share charged by the Diocese to parishes
pays for all the parish clergy.
In 2015 the Diocese paid £7.6 million to provide 114 clergy to parishes across the Diocese.
This works out to be a cost of £66,000 per clergy person.
In 2015 the Diocese subsidised the system so that the actual charge was only £60,600 per clergy person.
The Diocese only charges out amounts to Benefices. Each Benefice then shares the Benefice charge between all the parishes in the Benefice.
From 2020 the Diocese will charge on a "Cost of Mission" basis.
This means Benefices will get charged £66,000 per full time clergy person employed
(adjusted for inflation between now and 2020).
This system will be phased in from 2016 to 2020 so change will be gradual.
What is different to now?
2015 basis of charging is £31,300 per full time clergy person
(ie half the actual cost) plus an amount calculated as £346 x Average Sunday Attendance ("ASA").
How will it affect my Benefice?
Look at how your 2015 Benefice share was calculated by Diocese.
If Clergy charge is greater than Attendance charge, then your Benefice charge will increase.
If it is less it will decrease.
BUT CHANGE WILL BE SLOW
Bishops Donald's Address to Synod on this change is at:
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