How a PCC works

The information here will help you to make sure that your PCC is properly constituted to represent and support the work of your parish.

Categories of PCC membership

There are four categories of PCC membership:

  1. ex-officio (clergy, licensed workers, churchwardens, General, Diocesan & Deanery Synod members);
  2. appointed (Readers);
  3. elected at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM);
  4. co-opted during the time between annual meetings.

The number of elected and co-opted members is directly set by the size of the church’s electoral roll. See the page on Elections for details.

Terms of office

Your PCC members are elected at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM), which must take place no later than 30th April each year.

To be elected to your PCC, you need to be:

  • over 16;
  • able to consent to be appointed;
  • on the electoral roll for at least six months (if aged 18 or older);
  • legally allowed to be a Charity Trustee;

and have received communion at least twice in the previous year.

The term of office is three years. Standard practice is to elect one-third of your PCC's elected members each year. Any members co-opted during the year must stand down at the APCM and may stand for election if they wish to continue as a PCC member.

PCC committees


PCCs can create sub-committees to carry out specific jobs. Each sub-committee should have at least one PCC member along with other church members who have the enthusiasm and/or relevant expertise. These sub-committees are responsible to the PCC, should report back regularly and seek approval before making major changes or incurring significant costs. The PCC is ultimately responsible and should give clear direction to all its sub-committees.

The Standing Committee:

This is a statutory PCC committee that carries out the work of the PCC between meetings (e.g. if an urgent matter arises for which a full PCC Meeting cannot be called). The Standing Committee reports to the PCC. The incumbent and churchwardens are ex-officio members and your PCC needs to appoint at least two others - often this is the treasurer and PCC secretary if they are members of the PCC. Your PCC may also appoint the vice-chair of the standing committee.

Conflicts of interest

As a PCC member, you need to ensure that neither you, nor your family members, benefit from your PCC membership.

Payment of PCC members and their families is a complex issue - if this is relevant to your PCC, please seek advice from the Resources Team at St James’ House by calling 0151 705 2180 or emailing


Our Christian faith demands that we are good stewards.

As a PCC member you, with your colleagues, will need to ensure that your parish community maintains the highest standards – for example: breaches of Health & Safety, or not gettting a DBS check for someone because they are a long serving member of the church, are not acceptable.

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