Resourcing the Future
The aim of Resourcing the Future is to ensure that the funds,
managed by the Church Commissioners to support mission and ministry
in dioceses, are distributed in a way which enables them to advance
the Church's goal of mission and growth.
A copy of the report from the Resourcing the Future Task Force
which recommended the changes, now being put in place, can be found
here. The report was debated in General Synod
alongside other aspects of Renewal and Reform in February 2016.
The Archbishops' Council and the House of Bishops have agreed
that all of this funding will, from 2017, be distributed for
investment in the spiritual and numerical growth of the Church. The
current formula-based funding for ministry and mission in dioceses
will be replaced, and instead:
- 50% of the funds available will be distributed to just over
half of dioceses as
Lowest Income Communities funding, to support and develop
mission in low-income communities; and
- 50% will be available for all dioceses as Strategic Development
Funding for investment in new growth opportunities across the
The support for Low Income Communities will not be distributed
directly to parishes, but will target funds on dioceses to give
them some extra capacity for the strategic reallocation of funds to
support the Church's mission in low-income communities. The funds
will be distributed by a formula which seeks to take account of
which dioceses have the greatest number of people living in the
lowest income communities, and whose residents have an income below
the national average.
As a result of the changes, some dioceses will see changes in
the amount of funding they are allocated by formula. For those
dioceses receiving less formula funding, Transitional Funding will
be available over a ten year period to ensure that mission in the
most deprived communities is protected. In addition, a one-off sum
of Restructuring Funding will also be provided to help those
dioceses to adapt to the changes.
has being put in place to facilitate mutual learning and
accountability between dioceses.