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Finance and Governance


Our finances are handled by the Birmingham Diocesan Board of Finance (BDBF); a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. The BDBF enables us to carry out all our activities by managing all financial matters, from salaries and pensions to maintaining church buildings, running schools or setting up initiatives.

The BDBF is made up of a group of Trustees who look after the day to day running of the company and also make policy decisions for the Church of England - Birmingham. Trustees are chosen by members of the Diocesan Synod - our main governing body - every three years.

For more information on the finances of the Church of England - Birmingham, have a look at our Annual Report.


Like all Dioceses within the Church of England, we are governed by a ‘Bishop in Synod’. This means that we are governed by the Bishop of Birmingham acting on the advice of the Diocesan Synod.

The Diocesan Synod is a required governing body that is made up of roughly equal numbers of clergy and lay people, as well as the bishops. Members of the Synod are elected every three years.

Certain members of the Diocesan Synod also form the Bishop’s Council. This is a smaller group of people who advise the Bishop and plan the agenda for the Diocesan Synod.

For more information on our governance structure, please read our Annual Report (p 24-29).


We care deeply about keeping children and adults safe from harm. We believe that every person is made in the image of God and has value and dignity. At the Church of England – Birmingham, we are committed to the safeguarding principles adopted by the Church of England’s House of Bishops

If you have any concerns about a child, a young person or an adult who may be vulnerable, or someone who works or volunteers for the Church of England - Birmingham please contact:

Bishop’s Adviser for Safeguarding Children
T: 0121 427 1163

Bishop’s Adviser for Safeguarding Adults
T: 0121 427 1163

Our safeguarding policies can be accessed by clicking on the links below:
Safeguarding Adults
Safeguarding Children