Where the money goes

The budget for 2012

The General Assembly of 2011 agreed that the total sum required from congregations in 2012 would be £46,340,000 plus stipend endowment income.

Ministries and Mission Contributions

Each congregation is required to make a Ministries and Mission Contribution in 2012. This is calculated on the basis of congregational income in 2008, 2009 and 2010. The contribution is a proportion of the average congregational income in these three years.

Where a congregation has stipend endowment income, this is included in the contribution, but deducted from the amount to be sent to the Church Offices by the congregational treasurer. Where a congregation has a ministerial vacancy, the contribution is reduced by an amount decided by the Ministries Council.

Each congregation’s contribution will be used in the same way – 86 per cent to the Parish Ministries Fund and 14 per cent to the Mission and Renewal Fund.

The Parish Ministries Fund

This fund is used to pay:

  • The stipends, employer's National Insurance contributions, and Pension Fund contributions for over 1,000 parish ministers.
  • The salaries and related costs of deacons and others who are included in approved Presbytery Plans and employed or appointed by the Ministries Council.
  • A contribution to the Housing and Loan Fund.
  • For the cost of recruitment and education for ministries.
  • For the support and development of ministries.
  • For new charge development.
  • For some costs relating to chaplaincies.

The actual cost of a parish minister at the top of the stipend scale in 2012, i.e. stipend, employer's National Insurance and Pension Fund contributions, is approximately £39,895.

The contribution from a congregation (or congregations in a linked charge) needs to be at least £46,390 if the 86 per cent for the Parish Ministries Fund is to cover the cost of a parish minister with 10 years’ experience.

The Mission and Renewal Fund

This fund supports the work of the following Councils:

Mission and Discipleship

Responsible for developing policy and resourcing congregations in children's ministry, youth work, adult education and elder training, outreach, worship, doctrine, church art and architecture.

Social Care (CrossReach)

Offers caring services to people in need and provides specialist resources to further the caring work of the Church.

World Mission

Encourages an understanding of the world Church and develops partnerships with churches in some of the poorest parts of the world.

Church and Society

Engages with, and provides Christian comment on, the social, moral, scientific, technological and political issues of today.

Support and Services

Acts as an ‘umbrella’ for the Assembly Arrangements, Central Services, Ecumenical Relations, Legal Questions, and Safeguarding Committees.

The work undertaken by the above Councils is only partly funded by the Mission and Renewal Fund.  Income from invested funds, many of which came from previous generation's gifts in their wills, is essential to continue much of the work. The Social Care Council (CrossReach) only receives a very small part of its total budget from the Mission and Renewal Fund.

The Mission and Renewal Fund also meets most of the costs of the General Assembly and the Moderator.

Both the Parish Ministries Fund and the Mission and Renewal Fund help the Church of Scotland to share the gospel in communities throughout Scotland and in other parts of the world.