The Church Commissioners

Supporting the Church of England: particularly in areas of need and opportunity

The Church Commissioners (click here to see who the Commissioners and their senior staff are) manage a well-diversified investment portfolio, to produce money to support the Church of England's work across the country.

The Commissioners were formed from the union in 1948 of two earlier bodies - Queen Anne's Bounty and the Ecclesiastical Commissioners - set up to support the work of the Church. Read more about the Commissioners' history.

Their work is organised into three main areas:

  • Spending. The Commissioners' support for the church at national and local level includes funding towards the ministry of bishops and cathedrals and for mission at parish level. They also fund a large share of clergy pensions. Click here for an outline of their other spending responsibilities.
  • Administrative support for the Church. The Commissioners help dioceses and local churches deal with parish boundary reorganisation, parsonage and glebe matters and settle the future of churches that have been closed for public worship. They also run the national clergy payroll and manage the publication of the Crockford's clerical directory.
  • Investments. The funds' assets are spread across a broad range of asset classes including: UK and overseas equities, property and alternative strategies. Click here to read more about the Commissioners' investments.

There are 33 Church Commissioners. Click here to read more about the Commissioners' membership, governance and senior staff.

The Commissioners' annual report and other downloadable resources contain more details of their recent work.

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