Your PCC - what you need to do

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As a PCC member you will need to:

Attend & Prepare
  • Do your best to attend as many meetings as possible, to send apologies when you can't, and read minutes, financial statements and papers before each meeting.
  • We would also encourage you to attend major activities, not just in the parish but also in the Diocese & Deanery, so you feel part of the wider church family.
Work together to plan and oversee financial strategy
Financial Strategy: As PCC members, you will discern and decide together how the church's money is to be raised and spent. This is a key mission decision as well as a financial one.

Financial Oversight: Each PCC member is responsible for ensuring that the PCC complies with requirements of both charity law and current church accounting regulations. This should include
  • receiving regular financial updates;
  • ensuring procedures exist to approve payments appropriately and that all cheques are signed by two authorised people (one must be a PCC member);
  • ensuring that offerings received during services and other monies are appropriately supervised;
  • generating the Annual Report & Accounts, presenting them to the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM), then sending them on to the Diocese (and Charity Commission if required).
Maintain an active parish mission plan
Your PCC, with your clergy, should ensure that you have an up-to-date and active parish mission plan.

When meeting to discern your mission plan, reflect on and answer the following questions:
  1. what is the mission of God in our parish;
  2. what ministries do we need for this mission;
  3. what resources do we need for these ministries?
Promote the mission of the Church within the Parish
Your PCC needs to work with your clergy to promote within your parish the whole mission of the Church:
  • pastoral
  • evangelistic
  • social, and
  • ecumenical
and to enable every member of the church to play a full part.
 
Many parishes have church schools which are central to the mission of the parish.
 
You need to have: 
  • awareness of the Diocesan safeguarding strategy to ensure that all necessary checks are made on church members and staff who work with children and vulnerable adults.
  • a vision and passion for mission where you are!
Maintain your buildings
Your PCC is responsible for your church and ancillary buildings (e.g. the hall) and churchyard or graveyard. This includes:
  • Health & Safety;
  • fulfilling heritage requirements;
  • insurance;
  • maintenance work.
Your churchwardens should take the lead, but your whole PCC shares the responsibility.
Manage staff & volunteers
Your PCC acts as employer of all your church's paid workers, for example cleaners, youth workers, organist or parish administrator.
Be open to consultation
Your PCC will be consulted about major changes to the forms of worship used in the parish, the appointment of new clergy and any proposed pastoral re-organisation. Your PCC can also raise issues with your Bishop.