Clergy Handbook

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Welcome to the Diocese of Liverpool Clergy Handbook, a source of information and advice for all our clergy and licensed lay workers.

We developed this handbook following the introduction of Common Tenure via the Clergy Terms of Service legislation.

We have included information and guidance available in our Diocese and elsewhere. The information relates to how you are engaged by the Diocese and supported in the fulfilment of your ministry. It is similar to what in lay terms would be a Staff Handbook.
As part of the move to Common Tenure, nearly every member of the clergy will have a Statement of Particulars (SOP). This will refer to the Clergy Handbook. The exception will be clergy who have retained Freehold but, even if you have retained Freehold, much of the information in this Handbook will still be applicable and useful.
The handbook is written for all clergy and licensed lay workers. Some sections will only apply to clergy in receipt of a stipend. The Handbook and your SOP will inform you where this is the case. Others will refer to areas that do not apply or are not compulsory for those who have retained Freehold. The Handbook explains where this is applicable.
The Handbook will also be a useful source document for lay people, especially Church Wardens, as it explains where they may have a role (for example, in reporting absence) and it will also explain what expectations are placed on office holders in a variety of areas.
The Handbook will be updated and refreshed at appropriate intervals. The version on the diocesan website will always be the most up to date,  and will clearly show when it was last updated.

Download the latest version (May 2016)
Guidelines for Professional Conduct
The Church of England's guide for the professional conduct of clergy:

“In the name of our Lord we bid you remember the greatness of the trust that is now to be committed to your charge.” - Archbishops of Canterbury & York