Simplifying Governance

Before you can make changes to the way you use your church building, you’ll need to have some form of secure governance in place. These guidelines will help you work out the best solution for you and support you through the process.

Simplifying Governance toolkit

Other helpful documents and information

Useful contacts

Sophie West, Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Consultant

Ed Moffatt, Assistant Diocesan Secretary

Mission Communities considering forming a Joint Council should contact Ed Moffatt in the first instance to discuss this.

Pastoral Reorganisation flowchart

A simplified flowchart of the process

Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011

The legisation governing pastoral reorganisation and church closure.

Church Representation Rules

The rules which govern PCCs, synods etc., and contain the provisions for Joint Councils.

Diocese of Exeter webpages for PCCs and Church Officers

Past events

Simplifying governance webinar (recorded 31st March 2021)

This webinar explains the range of governance options for church buildings, from informal arrangements with ecumenical partners or neighbouring parishes, to full pastoral re-organisation.

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