Serve on a Parochial Church Council

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Running a parish church is a huge task, and rules for your Parochial Church Council (PCC) and Churchwardens can seem demanding. These pages aim to enable you to run a church successfully.

The PCC is the key body responsible for a Church of England parish.
It consists of clergy, churchwardens and others which you have the opportunity to elect at your parish's Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM). Each and every member of the PCC has an important part to play, but what is the PCC's core role?

Its powers and duties are defined by certain Acts of Parliament and other legislation, principally the Parochial Church Councils (Powers) Measure 1956.
  • It has the responsibility, along with the incumbent (rector, vicar, or priest-in-charge), to promote the mission of God in its parish.
  • It is responsible for all the finances of the parish.
  • It also has ultimate responsibility for the care and maintenance of all church buildings and their contents. Although these responsibilities are executed by the churchwardens, all PCC members share in the oversight.
  • It may make representations to the bishop on matters that affect the welfare of the parish.
  • Everyone on a PCC is a Charity Trustee. 
  • However, buildings and finances must not obscure the PCC’s fundamental role in wider areas of mission.
This may sound daunting at first, as there are legal responsibilities involved, as well as a need for a passion for the mission of the church and its role in your local community. But do not be turned off as enthusiasm, common sense and commitment should see you through.

Plus, the Diocese is here for you, with what you need to know and how we can help.

If you are or have been a member of a PCC, thank you for your part in the mission of the Diocese - and if you are considering joining a PCC, be assured of our welcome and support.

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Serving on a PCC

If you are on a DCC

If your church is part of a team ministry, you may have a District Church Council (DCC) as well as a PCC for the whole team.

In addition to the information in this section, contact Brenda Edwards at St James' House to request information relevant to your DCC.