Church Commissioners answers to written questions on Funding Mission & Ministry and the reburial of King Richard III

tony CCQ1The Second Church Estates Commissioner, Rt Hon Canon Sir Tony Baldry MP, answered written questions from Anne McIntosh MP relating to the funding of mission & ministry in the Church of England and Hugh Bayley MP relating to the reburial of King Richard III.

 

Church Commissioners
Mission & Ministry
Miss Anne McIntosh: To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what criteria the Commissioners will use in their decision on releasing additional funds to support Church mission and ministry; and if he will make a statement.
Sir Tony Baldry: Last month, General Synod supported the idea of the Church Commissioners “giving consideration to the basis on which they might, for a limited period, release additional funds in order to support changes that will equip the Church of England more effectively for sustainable mission and ministry over the coming generations”.

The Commissioners’ own Board of Governors has also expressed its preparedness, following extensive consultation, to release additional time limited funds provided this could be done in an effective and disciplined manner. Robust processes are already in place to govern the distribution of existing discretionary funding streams and the same will be true of any additional funding.

The specific funding criteria have not yet been worked out but I can assure my hon. Friend that any additional money will only be released for focused, evidence-based projects which are rooted in dioceses’ strategies and will be advised by carefully worked through calculations by external actuaries as to the impact on the Commissioners’ ability to make distributions to the Church in perpetuity.

King Richard III
Sir Hugh Bayley: To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, who has been invited to represent the Church of England at the service at Leicester Cathedral for the reburial of King Richard III.

Sir Tony Baldry: The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd & Rt Hon Justin Welby & Mrs Welby will be representing the Church of England at the reburial service for King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral on the 26 March. The local diocese will be represented by the Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Tim Stevens alongside other senior clergy from across the country, local dignitaries, ecumenical guests and representatives of other faiths.

(Via Parliament.UK)