The Church of England operates through 42 dioceses, or administrative regions, each under the care of its own Diocesan Bishop. The Diocese of Derby consists of the County of Derbyshire, and a small area of Staffordshire. The Church offers its ministry to all members of the community, in this case covering a population of around one million. Within the Diocese there are 250 parishes and 330 church buildings served by approximately 130 paid clergy. There are also 111 church schools within the Diocese.
The central functions of the Diocese are administered from Derby Church House, located in Derby City. Diocesan finances are the responsibility of the Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF), which is a Charitable Limited Company, reporting to the elected Diocesan Synod which has ultimate responsibility for policy. The DBF is the employer of staff and, through the Diocesan Budget of £9.0 million, the body responsible for both the payment and housing of parish clergy and the work of the various Boards and Councils (statutory or advisory bodies).
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