“Much recent Cofe decline appears driven by a culture at the centre deficient in evidence-based decision-making. The result is that, perversely, parishes are neglected. “Following the money” (as financially trained volunteers from the campaign group I belong to, Save The Parish, have done) shows that the majority of 2021 COE expenditure was not on front-line parish clergy. This is despite the fact that a parish with a paid priest is a proven income-generating model. Rural parishes feel especially abandoned, even though they provide 44 per cent of parish giving.”

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Neglecting Heart and Soul


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