Pay free for Church of England clergy as leaders feel the pressure after the pandemic closes
- Gainers of all CofE clergy rose zero percent in their annual wage round
- It means that the Archbishop of Canterbury’s annual salary remains £ 85,070
- Diocesan bishop will hold £ 46,180 and parish pastor’s allowance £ 27,000
The Church of England has frozen the salary of its clergy amid mounting financial pressures.
The allowances of all professional clergy – from the Archbishop of Canterbury to junior pastors – were increased by zero percent in their annual salary round.
It means that the annual wages of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, for the coming year will be £ 85,070.
The annual wages of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will remain £ 85,070 for the coming year
It comes after major losses from shrinking municipalities and the pandemic. A closure of all churches, which began last spring, has cost the CofE an estimated £ 150 million
The salary of a diocesan bishop remains £ 46,180, and the benchmark stipend for a parish pirate remains £ 27,000. Church leaders have also warned that some areas are struggling to afford pensions and the cost of free housing for clergy.
It comes after major losses from shrinking municipalities and the pandemic. A closure of all churches, which began last spring, has cost the CofE an estimated £ 150 million.
In response, consideration has been given to reducing the number of Church of England’s historic parishes from 12,500 to approximately 9,000. Reducing the number of professional clergymen in the same proportion would leave the CofE with less than 6,000 paid priests and vicars.
In addition to rent-free housing, the wages of the clergy and the water bill, council tax and other expenses are also paid by the church.
An investigation into clergy pay is expected this summer.
A document circulated to members of the Synod on the preliminary findings states that “ some parishes and some dioceses are under severe financial strain, exacerbated by Covid-19, raising some concerns about the cost and financial sustainability of long-term aspects of the package, especially pensions and home maintenance. ‘
He added, “In some dioceses, this pressure may lead to a possible reduction in stipend posts.”