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Paying the Quota.\ue000
Changing the Church.\ue000
Giving As Partners\ue000
Paying the Quota. Changing the Church.\ue000
The Contemporary Situation\ue000

The Church of England is undeniably an institution in crisis \u2014\ue000 or to be more accurate, an institution in several crises at once.\ue000 Internationally, the crisis over human sexuality is so great that\ue000 a Commission has been set up under the Archbishop of\ue000

Armagh to seek a way forward. The same crisis affects the\ue000 Church at home, with divisions growing deeper every day.\ue000 Meanwhile, membership and attendances in this country\ue000

continue to decline steadily, with recent evidence showing that\ue000 in rural areas they are in \u2018free fall\u2019. Inevitably, there is pressure\ue000 on the Church\u2019s finances, which in turn puts further strain on\ue000 its structures. The Diocese of Derby, for example, is\ue000

undergoing a total restructuring of its parish system in order to\ue000
address the converging difficulties in numbers and funding.\ue000
Many observers have perceived a link between the theological\ue000

issues facing the Church and the way it is funded. Often this\ue000 link is presented in negative terms. Theologically \u2018Liberal\u2019\ue000 commentators accuse \u201crich Conservatives\u201d of \u201cholding the\ue000

Church to ransom\u201d, whilst frustrated \u2018Traditionalists\u2019 resort to\ue000 capping the Quota \u2014 their contribution to centralized funding\ue000 \u2014 in the face of what they see as abuses. Acrimony and\ue000

bitterness are increasing on both sides in a fraught situation.\ue000
The stark reality is that Anglicanism no longer holds to the\ue000

theological outlook of its confessional basis. As a result there\ue000
are quite different, indeed contradictory, notions of mission\ue000
and ministry driving the life of various congregations within\ue000
the same Diocese.\ue000

In the meantime, however, dioceses must continue to deploy\ue000
ministers and set budgets. Today, these budgets consist largely\ue000
of ministry costs which are typically met by a system of\ue000
\u2018centralized pooled funding\u2019. Money raised as \u2018Quota\u2019 from\ue000
parishes is sent to the administrative centres of dioceses, from\ue000

thence to the Church Commissioners and finally back to\ue000 parishes in the form of clergy stipends. Within this system,\ue000 some parishes are nett contributors and others nett receivers,\ue000

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