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.