24 November 2011
The Archbishops' Council and Church Commissioners have
distributed £1million as part of a nationwide move to help develop
successful church growth projects in deprived areas.
The £100,000 grants have been distributed to 10 projects across
nine dioceses where existing activity has a proven track record of
growth. The funds are part of a wider research and development
programme, a key aim of which is to ensure projects are evaluated
to provide evidence of what is proving effective.
In Liverpool, St Andrew's Clubmoor, situated in one of the most
deprived areas of the UK, links with the community by providing
vital services. These include foodbanks, debt advice, self help
groups and parent and toddler groups. The church also runs
missional communities that work alongside particular groups in the
community. The grant will be used to to bring the mission and
practical work closer together by employing two people to work with
local families and people in recovery establishing work pattern and
practices that can be used elsewhere.
The Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Revd James Jones, commenting on
the two grants given to projects in the diocese said: "The support
for the developing work of the Cathedral and in Clubmoor is a huge
affirmation of our diocesan commitment to growth and the importance
of high quality local leadership. I think both awards are excellent
examples of the potentially transformational nature of such
The Bishop of Bradford, the Rt Revd Nick Baines, said: "I am
hugely encouraged to see the Archbishops' Council and Church
Commissioners committing money to church growth in areas of the
country traditionally not associated with such expectations and
where resources are often harder to access.
"The Sorted Project* in Bradford is a fantastic example of
inspiringly led youth evangelism that is home grown and is now
being replicated elsewhere. The Church Commissioners' £100,000
grant - from the Developing Church Growth in Deprived Areas funding
- underlines the importance of investing in research and
development so this sort of work can be evaluated and rolled out
In Leicester the grant has been given to two Anglo-Catholic
parishes with very high levels of multiple deprivation who propose
to use mission workers to help develop lay ministry through
pastoral centres in parts of the parish, situated further away from
the parish church.
A further £2million in grants is being distributed next year.
This overall £3million for developing church growth in deprived
areas is part of £12million set aside by the Archbishops' Council
and Church Commissioners for research and development work in
2011-13 and is in support of the strategic goals set out by the
Archbishop of Canterbury in his November 2010
Presidential Address to the new General Synod.
The Church Commissioners and Archbishops'Council have for many
years earmarked money specifically for mission development; while
the details of this funding stream are new, it is part of the
continuing commitment to ensure that the money generated by the
historic endowment of the Commissioners is available to meet
'opportunity' as well as 'need'.
Projects awarded funding for developing Church Growth in
Deprived Areas (October 2011 tranche)
Birmingham A proposal to train Mission Apprentices combining
structured training and mission experience in deprived
Bradford 'Sorted' Youth Evangelism Project - development of
an existing successful youth evangelism project working with
multi-cultural communities in deprived areas.
Canterbury 'Ignite' Project, Cliftonville - employing a
missioner to replicate an established model of community ministry
from a deprived neighbourhood into another area.
Coventry Mission Leadership - training and mentoring of
young mission leaders, based in deprived parishes showing good
levels of growth.
Leicester Eyres Monsell and New Parks Parish Development
Project - a proposal to augment existing growth, using mission
workers to help develop lay ministry in two Anglo-Catholic parishes
with very high levels of multiple deprivation.
Liverpool Liverpool Cathedral Mission Project - using the
Cathedral as a resource to support the replication of two,
currently Cathedral-based, examples of Fresh Expressions into
Liverpool St Andrew's Clubmoor Mission Development -
part-funding two posts to further develop mission and counselling
work in an existing community and missional project with high
levels of outreach into very deprived neighbourhoods.
Diocese of London
St Francis Dalgarno Way - development of mission activity in a
fast-growing church plant through employment of a worker, targeting
children and families in a deprived area with a high proportion of
Sheffield Pioneer Mission Training - funding for
pump-priming training and bursaries for pioneer missioners in very
Worcester St Barnabas Worcester, Tolladine Mission - scaling
up a successful existing project based around a mission community
in an area with pockets of exceptional multiple deprivation, by
employing a mission leader full-time.
About the Church Commissioners
The Church Commissioners manage an investment portfolio of
around £5bn, largely in property and shares, derived from the
Church's historic resources and contribute around 16p in the pound
to the cost of the Church of England's mission - most of the
balance comes from the generous giving of today's parishioners.
They pay for all clergy pensions earned up to the end of 1997 -
pensions since then are paid for by dioceses, largely from money
donated by parishioners, and pay the stipends and workings costs of
all the Church of England's bishops - and the housing costs of all
diocesan bishops - in support of their local and national
They provide more than £40 million each year in support for
parish ministry, primarily to less-resourced dioceses.
They also support the mission of the Church's cathedrals by
paying the stipends of the majority of cathedral deans and two
stipendiary canons, as well as making other cathedral grants.
More information on the work of the Church Commissioners