Welcome to the PCC!

Guidance for Effective Membership of Parochial Church Councils

Congratulations! You have been elected to serve on the PCC of your local church. This guide seeks to outline the work of a PCC and give useful pointers to make your membership both productive and satisfying. There are many useful resources for PCC members available in both printed and online formats; everything contained within this guide can be found elsewhere, but not necessarily in one place. Bringing information together like this will hopefully offer both greater convenience and clarity.

A note of caution! Legislation and guidance changes frequently; bearing this in mind, please do not treat the contents of this guide as definitive. The documents accessed by this guide’s web-links normally belong to a higher-level documents or webpages – where possible, you might read the ‘home’ page hosting the referenced document and see if a related search directs you to more up-to-date information.

A comprehensive understanding of a PCC’s responsibilities is key in developing your effectiveness within the governance of your church; it will help you to grow in confidence and to exercise your role more fully. The reference section at the end should prove helpful when you need to research particular things in more depth. But meanwhile through regular attendance at meetings of the PCC, you may well surprise yourself just how quickly you begin to amass information about church governance and to feel comfortable with the task of PCC membership. People who have served on PCC’s for long periods often testify that it has been a very fulfilling and worthwhile experience.


An A, B, C and even D (!) of the PCC…

Four points to consider about the nature of the leadership a PCC exercises:

Regular PCC Meetings

How often? What's involved?

PCC Governance

A useful way of appreciating the breadth of governance which a PCC is required to undertake is to contemplate the following Seven Marks of Good Governance

PCC Policies and Procedures

Having good policies and procedures in place gives the PCC a clear framework to plan its work. Some subjects necessitate mandatory procedures whilst others would certainly benefit from them.

Safeguarding Training and DBS Clearance for PCC members

Within our diocese, all PCC members need to receive Safeguarding training to at least the levels known as ‘Basic Awareness’ (formerly C0) and ‘Foundation’ (formerly C1). These training modules can be undertaken online.

Faculty Jurisdiction

This generally relates to consecrated land and buildings which means most churches and churchyards. Faculty jurisdiction exists to preserve the integrity of churches, many of which are listed buildings of significant heritage value, and to ensure conformity with the doctrine and practice of the Church of England.

The PCC in summary

Membership of a PCC provides significant opportunities to share in the core experience of the Christian life:

Useful PCC references and web links

Church of England, diocese, government and other useful sources of information

Appendix - Why the PCC?

What follows incorporates points made by the “PCC Tonight” material produced by CPAS[h]. There are three important dimensions which underpin a PCC’s shape and functionality:

Powered by Church Edit