It doesn't take a PhD in Statistics to deduce that, with an increasingly elderly workforce and severely depleted ranks of young ordinands, the burden on parishes will be increasingly skewed towards funding retired clergy rather than those in active ministry.
Although the increase in individual giving is encouraging, I wonder if a similar survey has been done to assess whether peoples' faith had increased in line with funds during the same period.
"the burden on parishes will be increasingly skewed towards funding retired clergy rather than those in active ministry." - Hugh of Lincoln -
I don't know about the Church of England, but in New Zealand there is hardly such a thing as a 'retired' clergy-person. Most of us seem to be pretty active - even in retirement.
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