Parish Share

take responsibility | be generous | have faith

Parish Share is the common pot of money used to support ministry and mission across the Diocese of Bristol. By giving through Parish Share, every church is embodying biblical principles.

We are taking responsibility for the support and ministry we receive, being generous to others because God is so generous to us, and having faith that God will provide all we need for His mission. 

View the Parish Share film below, and download for use in your church:

Take responsibility 

We are not disparate churches working in isolation across the Diocese of Bristol we are closely connected with each other. We are united in our desire to see the Church grow and see God's Kingdom come. As well as sharing in the fruits of God's Kingdom, we also share the responsibility to resource it.

Give generously

If we are to raise the funds needed to train future ministers and lay leaders, support existing ones, and invest in Christian schools then we need to follow the Early Church's example and live more generously, holding everything in common to the glory of God.

Have faith

We believe in God's great plan to see His Kingdom come. And we believe that He equips us with the resources we need in our ministry. As we consider our Parish Share commitments, we do so with faith.


How is the Diocese funded?

The Bristol Diocesan Board of Finance (BDBF) stewards a major proportion of the overall resources generated and spent on mission and ministry through our churches, schools and partners.

The BDBF funds clergy, support and training for parishes, ministers and schools and our responsibilities to the national Church of England.

For an informative guide about where church funding comes from, click here.

Click to view a visual representation of the Cost of Ministry
Click to download  (note this is from 2018 but the overall split is broadly the same)
Diocesan budgets and accounts

2021 Bristol DBF Budget download

2020 Bristol DBF Budget download

2019 Bristol DBF Budget download

2019 Bristol DBF Annual Report & Financial Statements download

2018 Bristol DBF Budget download

2018 Bristol DBF Annual Report & Financial Statements download

What can you do?

Your Parish Share request holds more information about the context and expectation of your individual parish.

The videos below explain the theology behind Parish Share, how the Diocesan Support Services make us stronger together, a few things that Parish Share supports and how the Diocese is funded: