Presentation on theme: "When you think about the Church of England nationally what words or phrases come to mind? Old…? Big historic buildings…? Rich…? Traditional or."— Presentation transcript:
When you think about the Church of England nationally what words or phrases come to mind? Old…? Big historic buildings…? Rich…? Traditional or stuffy or just old..! Women Bishops? God…? Justin Welby…?
1.7 million people attend every month. There are 13,000 parishes, 16,000 churches. Assets are £10 billion or more…. And spend around £250m on running costs (exc people) Asset rich, but cash poor. Joined up isn’t always top of the list The Church of England – its BIG…..!!
Churches A Large Church 849 in UK a team of 5 clergy full time admin staff a café, meeting rooms Sunday attendance > 800 annual budget £900,000 A Medium-Large Church 1665 in UK a Vicar has one Church an Administrator 4 days/week meeting rooms used in week Sunday attendance ~ 150 annual budget ~ £175,000
Churches A Medium-Small Church 2778 in UK Vicar has 2 Churches Part-time Administrator modern building used for weekday activities Sunday attendance ~ 90 annual budget ~ £80,000 A Small Church 7751 in UK Vicar has 4 Churches, all small small congregation, average attendance 11 people worshiping annual budget ~ £10,000
The Church of England’s national procurement initiative: Parish Buying A resource with a £10 million goal
The Parish Buying initiative was developed by two “national procurement officers” – appointed in April 2011 Under the auspices of the National Procurement Group – comprising diocesan secretaries, diocesan, national church and parish representatives The new service was “quietly” launched in November 2011, and “loud” launched in January 2012
Releasing resource for mission and ministry Parish choice whether they take advantage of national deals, or simply use buying advice. The Parish Buying Service:-
Key Benefits Buy With Confidence Save Time Save Money Better Stewardship Major opportunity to release resource (£10 million and significant volunteer hours) to support parishes in their mission and ministry
Helpful Advice Plus training courses from 20min briefing module to full day course for parishes doing large capital projects.
National Deals Energy Contracted The Energy Basket Uncontracted Green Energy Oil Photocopying Office Products I.T. Software Telecoms Fire Safety IT Hardware Church Consumables
Good Stewardship in Buying Question: Is buying ‘local’ the most appropriate way to demonstrate good stewardship when buying goods or services?
Your Buying Strategy ‘Buy Local’ - Plumbing ‘Buy Green’ – Office Products ‘Buy Quality’ – Health & Safety ‘Buy Cheap’ - Utilities Be flexible
Buying Guidelines Think about who can buy and in what categories Empower people to make decisions Single Source v. Three quotes Link your buying to your mission focus Quality
The communications challenge…. Multiple buyers in parishes – Clergy – Treasurers – Churchwardens – Administrators…… PB is a reasonably simple message and the whole audience will benefit But process slightly complex: – Changing culture
Now: Register with Parish Buying (www.parishbuying.org.uk) Log you energy details Switch to Parish Buying suppliers for the categories you currently use The Future: Link your buying strategy to your parish mission Make Parish Buying your first call when buying Action Plan
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