10. The Revd Canon Dr Simon Taylor (Derby)asked the Presidents of the
Archbishops' Council: What is the status of the so-called 'Sheffield formula' for deployment of clergy, and are there any other means by which an equitable share of clergy across the Church of England is enabled?
The Bishop of Sheffield (The Right Revd Steven Croft) replied:
The Sheffield formula was developed by the person who was Bishop of Sheffield, my predecessor, when I was 13, so you can see how long it has been around. The Sheffield formula remains in use and forms part of the basis for the Darlow grant calculation and for the allocation of title curates. The Resourcing the Future Task Group is including consideration of the Sheffield formula in its work. Increasingly, dioceses are developing deployment strategies for a full range of ministers (lay and ordained) which are based on their mission plans and local circumstances, rather than simply compliance with their Sheffield numbers. There are a number of voluntary links and partnerships between dioceses which can facilitate the encouragement of clergy to move from those who are comparatively well supplied with clergy to those who are less so. The Clergy Appointments Adviser, who interviews 300 clergy per year, places before them opportunities in all parts of the Church of England and advertises
these in a Vacancy List on the website.