Where The Church's Money Goes To

On average, almost two-thirds of the money given by church members or raised by parishes in other ways is spent by the parish's own PCC (the Church Council).

  • The worship of the church has to be paid for.
  • Depending on the size of the parish and the style of worship, expenses might include the organ, organist, choir. music. books. robes. candles and Communion elements.
  • Like a house, the church building incurs costs for heating. lighting and insurance. Some have to pay water rates.
  • Larger parishes may employ someone to look after parish administration. Printing, stationery and postage have to be paid for.
  • It is right that parishes should pay the expenses incurred as part of their priest's ministry in the parish. In most cases this includes the cost of running a car.
  • Most Church Councils are responsible for the upkeep of the vicarage or rectory. Even if church members do the work themselves, money has to be spent on materials.
  • Church buildings must be kept in good repair, too, and regular inspections arranged. Sometimes, this becomes a large expense for a small parish.
  • Finally. though perhaps most importantly, comes outward giving. the charitable contributions the church makes. Many churches try to give away at least a tenth of their income.
  • Some people may feel that local costs are all the local church should be responsible for but the whole Church also has to pay for:
    • the stipends or salaries of clergy serving the parishes and the pensions of retired clergy and their dependants
    • training new clergy for future service
    • the work of the central church organisation on behalf of all the parishes. Negotiating with government departments, working with other Churches and running the General Synod (the Church's parliament)
    • and all the help given by diocesan officers to parishes.

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