A thought provoking reflection on centralisation failures in the Church of England. In many ways Australian Anglican dioceses are going down a similar road and can learn from these mistakes.
In particular, the long term catastrophic failure of centralising Church of England finances in the 1970s:
In the seventies the wealth of parishes was taken into diocesan control, done for the perfectly noble reason of wanting to level out what the clergy were paid and stop richer parishes paying their clergy more and poorer ones not much at all.
But the effect of centralising the church’s finances in the Diocese Board of Finance was, for the first time in history, to shift power away from the parish and towards the Diocese. And as a consequence, the Diocese grew with ever greater numbers of staff, and the development of greater bureaucratic control.