Clergy Support Trust
‘Life is very tough for all of us in ministry. The grant from Clergy Support Trust has made a significant difference in all our lives and I am not sure I would still be in ministry if we hadn’t got the help when we did.'
Clergy Support Trust is an Anglican clergy support charity governed by Royal Charter and with origins dating back to 1655. We recently changed our name from Sons & Friends of the Clergy. Our Patron is Her Majesty The Queen and our Honorary Presidents are the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, the Bishops of London and Worcester and the Lord Mayor of the City of London. Our purpose is to promote, sustain and renew the wellbeing of Anglican clergy, whether serving or retired, and their dependants, so that they can flourish and be fruitful as they seek to serve God’s people and their wider communities.
Our main focus at present is the provision of cash grants to the households of eligible Anglican clergy in times of financial hardship or other difficulties. All support is provided by our small team of grants officers and is completely confidential, since we are independent of the Church. Our income comes principally from largely unrestricted investments built up over the years, totalling some £120 million as at 31 December 2019.
In 2019 we gave out grants amounting to over £3.1 million. Some £1.9 million went in grants to serving clergy households, often to address situations where the clergy stipend or other income is not sufficient to cover the family’s outgoings, especially in times of crisis. Additionally, we provided support to the divorced or separated spouses of clergy, trainee clergy (ordinands) and the widows and widowers of clergy. We also partner with other organisations involved in clergy wellbeing, and are looking to expand this area of our work. For more information on our impact, please download our 2018 Impact Report and our 2019-22 Strategy Document.
The charity has eight staff, all based at pleasant offices near Westminster Abbey. We are a Christian charity and all staff commit to our Christian ethos, but not all are necessarily practising Christians.