THE BARBADOS DIOCESAN TRUSTEES
The Anglican Church Act established the Barbados Diocesan Trustees as a body corporate in 1969 and vested all church property in the Trustees, to be managed subject to the wishes of the Synod (the governing arm of the Anglican Diocese), and held in trust for support of the parishes, the payments of the stipends of the holders of ecclesiastical office, and generally for the benefit of the church and for the furtherance of public worship.
The Barbados Diocesan Trustees consist of the Bishop, the Archdeacon, one member of the house of Clergy and five laypersons elected by the Diocesan Synod.
The Trustees operations may be summarized under the following headings:
Â· The holding of all church property.
Â· Income bearing operations â€“ Rents, Glebes, etc.
Â· Expenses â€“ Repairs/restoration of buildings, administration etc.
Â· Development of certain church lands.
Â· Loans to parishes.
Â· The Consolidated Trust Fund.
Â· Diocesan Pension Fund.
PERSONS IN THE ORGANISATION
The staff of the Barbados Diocesan Trustees consists of three persons: the Secretary to the Trustees, the Accountant and a Maintenance worker. Other Diocesan employees either provide varying levels of support or are integral to Trusteesâ€™ operations. This category includes the Bishop of Barbados and the Archdeacon both being members of the Trusteesâ€™ Board, eight employees of the Diocesan Synod and sixty-eight clergy.
THE HOLDING OF PROPERTY
The Anglican Church Act 1969-5 vests all church property in the Trustees.
INCOME BEARING OPERATIONS
a) Rental of Properties
Over the years the Trustees have rented certain properties. These include rectories no longer occupied, properties purchased with a view to their future use for church purposes, homes for retired clergy and buildings/lots occupied by outside entities.
b) Glebe Lands
The Trustees manage areas of glebe lands in the parishes that realize income to support its operations. Some of the glebe land has been sold and the proceeds invested in units in the consolidated Trust Fund.
DEVELOPMENT OF CHURCH LANDS
Certain Church lands have been considered suitable for housing development. Bishopâ€™s Court and the old St. Gabrielâ€™s School site properties have been the subject of proposals for development. The development of part of St. Philipâ€™s glebe is underway. Coastal lands at St. James are being leased.