What is a PCC?
‘PCC’ stands for ‘Parochial Church Council’. It is a Church of England legal, executive body, made up of the clergy, churchwardens and laity who have legal responsibility for the parish church, the church’s finances and land. It is important that the PCC fully cooperates with and supports the minister on matters concerning the church and parish as a whole, promoting the mission of the Church in the parish. It is important to remember that an Anglican church has responsibility for the care of all the people in the parish and not just the people who go to the church.
The PCC is a body of Trustees for a charity and must ensure compliance with charity law, like any charity, but also compliance with ecclesiastical or canon law which is unique to Church of England churches.
Representatives on the PCC also connect the parish church with the wider church in the area and nationally through the ‘synodical process’. A group of parishes make up a Deanery, overseen by a Deanery Synod and a group of deaneries is overseen by the Diocesan Synod.
It is really important that a PCC is clear about its purpose. Ultimately we need constantly to remember, the purposes of God, the mission of Jesus and our calling and part we play in that mission. As we focus in on that, we need to know that the decisions and actions that come out of the PCC will lead to lives being transformed and relationships with God being enhanced.
It’s also important for you to remember that your church is part of the Diocesan strategy for growth ‘Towards a generous and flourishing Diocese of Sheffield in 2025’.
All PCC members must complete a Trustee Eligibility and Fit and Proper Persons Declaration
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM)
This meeting must take place once a year in every parish. All the forms required as well as GDR advice can be found on the Parish Resources site