Already mentioned under Finance.   This is an increasingly important element in the financial state of the church, as central funds are increasingly needed for the payment of clergy pensions.   Parishes are enjoined to teach congregations the Christian principles of the stewardship of money (and of other gifts) and from time to time the General Synod or the Church Commissioners remind members of their responsibility in this matter, suggesting that they make contributions of a specific percentage of their incomes.   Most, if not all, dioceses have a stewardship committee to foster systematic giving.

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