Parochial Church Councils

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Running a parish church is a huge task and the rules for PCCs, as well as those for Churchwardens can seem demanding. These pages aim to help you through and enable you to run a church successfully.

The Parochial Church Council is the key decision making body of a Church of England parish.  Each and every member of the PCC has an important part to play, but what is their core role?  The following leaflet briefly covers the roles and responsibilities of PCC members and may be useful as part your parish's induction training for new PCC members.

Serving on the PCC or DCC (two A4 pages) - PDF

Serving on the PCC or DCC (A5 Booklet) - PDF
Charity Trusteeship
Every member of a PCC, whether ex-officio, elected, or co-opted, is a Charity Trustee. This is a useful link to resources from the national church
Public Benefit
To be a charity is to provide a benefit to the public and the PCC's Annual Report is the place where the public benefits, that we provide as churches, are reported.  When planning the activities that provide these benefits, each PCC must take into consideration guidance given by the Charity Commission and a statement to this effect must also be made within the PCC's Annual Report.  For an example Statement that can be included in your PCC's Annual Report, follow the link below.

Example Statement

The Advancement of Religion for the Public Benefit

The full text of the Charity Commission's guidance is available through the following link.

Charity Commission Guidance
PCC members and private benefit
All PCCs are subject to Charity Law in this area; this is just a brief reminder of the current position.

Private benefit can arise where a member of the PCC or a person or organisation connected to her/him receives payment or other benefit from the Church. Payment as an employee cannot be made without advance authority from the Charity Commission – doing so could result in financial penalties. (Clergy remuneration is excluded from these restrictions).

Changes in legislation means that payment for services provided can be made if the necessary procedures are complied with.

The whole area of private benefit is complex and if you think that your Parish may be affected you may need to take action to ensure the law is complied with. The Resources Department have experience in this area and will be able to give you initial guidance. Contact them on 0151 705 2180 or Cath Gaskell Finance Resources Officer.