Parish Share is the common pot of money used to support ministry and mission in each parish across the Diocese of Bristol.
By giving through Parish Share, every church is sharing in providing vital ministry in every community, even those that might not otherwise be able to afford it.
Why is Parish Share so important?
Each year, your gift helps volunteers to run youth groups, visit lonely people and provide food banks, amongst other amazing work. This is what your faithful giving - and the generosity of your parishioners - makes possible. We understand that finances remain a struggle for some, but it has been heartening to see the desire of all parishes to support each other. Parish Share provides a real opportunity to put our faith into practice, and to be encouraged by working together. We have faith that God will provide all we need for His mission through the generosity of his people.
This year, where possible, we have made the decision to go paperless with our Parish communications. The decision comes as part of our communication strategy, which is designed to align to our ‘Transforming Church. Together.’ strategy’s vision, mission and values. Our transformative programme of work seeks to ensure that the diocese and its parishes become environmentally and financially sustainable. We believe that responding to the climate crisis is an essential part of our responsibility to safeguard God's creation and achieve a just world, which makes our Net Zero targets very important to us. With this in mind, all resources have now moved online.
Our calculations for 2024 are based on the same model as our 2023 requests, which aimed to make the calculations simpler and more transparent. It has been based on income adjusted stipendary costs and income adjusted shared costs. We are asking parishes whose calculation has dropped to remain generous, as their support is greatly needed. We are also providing transitional support for parishes whose calculation has increased, to give them time to reach the level of the new request. Please do make use of the support and the resources that the stewardship team can provide.
Last year, we held a webinar to answer your Parish Share calculation queries (20 minute presentation followed by 20 minute Q&A), which may still be of use to you.
What can you do?
Your Parish Share request holds more information about the context and expectation of your individual parish.
- Prayerfully discuss your Parish Share request as a PCC, considering what it means for you to give generously to our shared ministry. We ask every parish to also send a short message of encouragement with their response, that can be shared with other parishes.
- Contact Harrison Leonard, Director of External Relations, if you'd like to discuss stewardship or Parish Share issues in your parish's context.
- Tell your story: We want to celebrate God's goodness to us, whether it is a story of generosity given, or generosity received. Generosity is one of our core values - so let's hear your stories!
The Bristol Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF) stewards a major proportion of the overall resources generated and spent on mission and ministry through our churches, schools and partners. DBF funds clergy, support and training for parishes, ministers and schools and our responsibilities to the national Church of England.
Diocesan budgets and accounts
- 2022 Bristol DBF Budget
- 2021 Bristol DBF Budget
- 2020 Bristol DBF Budget
- 2019 Bristol DBF Budget
- 2019 Bristol DBF Annual Report & Financial Statements
- 2018 Bristol DBF Budget
- 2018 Bristol DBF Annual Report & Financial Statements