The Diocesan Advisory Committee holds an important position in equipping the local church in supporting mission. To fulfil this role the Committee draws on a range of expert advice, including the architectural, the historical and the theological. The chair of the DAC shapes the work of the Committee so as to make the most of its skills within the wider mandate of the Diocese to fulfil the work of God in our generation.
The DAC Chair doesn’t have to be a buildings expert, but they do need to excellent chairing skills, diplomacy and tact and do need to be committed to the diocesan vision and strategy.
As Bishop Paul said "In the Church of England we hold two perspectives: we are here for God and for England. God is unchanging, and England is changing all the time. To this changing context we need to bring all our resources, including the opportunities for mission presented by our rich stock of church buildings.
The establishment of the Church brings its own possibilities for mission and for making the most of the buildings we have been given. The Church of England is responsible for operating its own system of planning consents for works to churches. Faculties (permission to undertake works) are granted by the Diocesan Chancellor. Before considering a faculty application the Chancellor is rightly obliged to take advice from the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC). The DAC therefore plays a central role in the equipping of the local church to fulfil the mission of God in this changing context.
In the Diocese of Liverpool we are asking God for a bigger church so as to make a bigger difference, and we say: more people knowing Jesus, more justice in the world.