Member of Church Commissioners Mission, Pastoral & Church Property Committee

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The Church Commissioners wish to appoint two (one clergy, one lay) non-Commissioner members of their Mission, Pastoral & Church Property Committee

The Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 is the legal mechanism used by Bishops to further the mission of the Church, by enabling them to change the parochial and administrative structures and associated resources in their Diocese. The Church Commissioners have a quasi-judicial role and are responsible for the management and delivery of the Measure’s processes. This work is overseen by the Mission, Pastoral and Church Property Committee. The Commissioners also manage investments to help fund clergy pensions and provide sustainable support for parishes, bishops and other purposes of the Church of England

Two vacancies are arising for non-Commissioner members of the Mission, Pastoral & Church Property Committee. One vacancy is for a lay person; the other for a serving priest. Under the Mission and Pastoral Measure schemes are bought forward which would allow Bishops to change their parochial and administrative structures (parishes/benefices and deaneries etc.) and the related parsonage provision, and to close and settle the future use of church buildings which are no longer required for public worship. This involves a period of public consultation, and the Committee considers the scheme, the representations (for or against) and decides if the scheme should proceed as proposed. In some circumstances a public hearing may be held so that representors have the opportunity to address the Committee. It is vital that the Commissioners and the Committee act with impartiality and transparently. We are therefore keen to interview candidates who understand complex casework, and who can bring a sensitive and measured approach to weighing representations and conflicting views. The Committee also has to consider the issues around the re-use of closed churches, balancing a range of interests and making a careful judgement in relation to heritage and financial concerns.

Interviews will be held (by Zoom) on 15 October

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