The PCC’s Role
The Role of the PCC
According to the Synodical Government Measure of 1969:
- It shall be the duty of the incumbent and the PCC to consult together on matters of general concern and importance in the parish.
- the functions of the PCC shall include:
- Co-operation with the incumbent in promoting in the parish the whole mission of the Church, pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical;
- The consideration and discussion of matters concerning the Church of England or any other matters of religious or public interest, but not the declaration of the doctrine of the Church on any question;
- Making known and putting into effect any provision made by the Diocesan Synod or the Deanery Synod, but without prejudice to the powers of the Council on any particular matter;
- Giving advice to the Diocesan Synod and the Deanery Synod on any matter referred to the Council;
- Raising such matters as the Council consider appropriate with the Diocesan or Deanery Synod.
- In the exercise of its functions the PCC shall take into consideration any expression of opinion by any parochial church meeting.
This means that the PCC has five functions:-
- The PCC exists to enable the church to play its part in God’s mission to his world
- It exists to co-operate with the minister in sharing leadership
- It exists to ensure legal compliance with charity and ecclesiastical law, in particular in the areas of safeguarding, finance, employment and appointments
- It exists to care for the buildings and the churchyard so that they may be best suited for the purpose of the church’s ministry and mission
- It exists to be a channel of consultation within the wider Church through its synodical structures on matters that affect the Church locally and nationally.