How the Church of England works

All Church of England parishes are expected to pay their own way. Those parishes which cannot afford to do so are, in effect, subsidised by others. The contribution the Diocese of Exeter expects St. Leonard’s to pay each year to cover the cost of our clergy and towards helping other parishes is based mainly on the number of people who come to church and is called the ‘Common Fund.’

In recent years the PCC has decided to offer £195,000, which is less than requested. This means that we still contribute about £6000 each month to the Diocese of Exeter beyond our costs to them. (The request they have made for 2019 is £250,773)

How St. Leonard’s is funded

Our expected income and expenditure this year compared with last is as follows:
2018 Actual 2019 Budget
Contributed by people who attend £396,000 £423,000
Our Total Income £503,000 £525,000
All Our Expenditure £513,000 £525,000
The main areas of expenditure we expect are as follows:
Mission Giving £70,000
Common Fund £195,000
Staff costs £120,000
Ministry and outreach £5,500
Administration £22,000
Running costs £12,500
Buildings repair costs £41,000
Events £35,000
Depreciation of equipment £8,000

The Larkbeare Christian Trust

An independent charitable Trust has been established to make it easier to fund current gospel ministry and enable additional gospel ministry to take place that would otherwise not happen for lack of funds.

This Trust has been set up with the full awareness and blessing of the PCC but is independent of it.

The Trust enables those who want to help to give towards the cost of non-ordained staff and gospel ministry in St. Leonard’s including the ministry assistant programme.

Our Christian Responsibility

Everything we have is from God (1 Timothy 6:17). The challenge we have as Christians is to think through how we can best steward what God has given us. What we are able to give (and those to whom we give) is in many ways a personal matter (2 Corinthians 9:6,7) with the confidence that ‘God loves a cheerful giver’ and ‘God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:8). Giving is supposed to result in ‘thanksgiving to God.’ (9:11).

It is therefore perhaps not helpful to think about what ministry ‘costs’ (and therefore what we need to raise) but rather to think about what we could give for the sake of the gospel, both here and overseas.

The future

Our concern is to see God’s kingdom grow and to do whatever we can to make that happen. Giving runs alongside prayer, but is part and parcel of facilitating that growth. We want to encourage all members of our church family to think through how and what we might give.

Ways of giving

We are very grateful for those who give to the ministry of St. Leonard’s, not only with money but also with their time. Having read this page you may either want to give more or to start giving for the first time.

The forms below provide the necessary details for you to be able to do so. Please print and return them to the address specified on the forms.