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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
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
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
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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