A Measure for Measures In Mission and Ministry

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A Measure for Measures In Mission and Ministry

    A Measure for Measures: In Mission and Ministry

    Report of the Review of the Dioceses, Pastoral

    and related Measures

    GS 1528


Church House Publishing

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    London SW1P 3NZ

ISBN 0 7151 4029 9

GS 1528

Published 2004 for the Archbishops’ Council by Church House Publishing.

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Terms of Reference

    Chairman’s Introduction

Chapter 1: Facilitating the Church’s Mission and Ministry:

    Background and Proposals

1.01 Nature of the challenge

    1.07 Scope of the review

    1.09 Our approach

    1.13 Our proposals

     - Dioceses

     - Neighbourhood and network

     - Church buildings

Chapter 2: Dioceses

2.01 Background

     2.04 The Dioceses Measure 1978

     2.09 Use of the Measure since 1978 2.16 Proposals for the Future

     2.20 Duties and Responsibilities of Suffragan Bishops

     2.23 A Pro-active Central Body

     2.29 Proposals for Amendment of Schemes

     2.31 Delay of Nomination to Diocesan Sees

     2.32 Shared Administration

     2.34 Vacancies in Suffragan Sees

     2.38 Sharing of Suffragan and Assistant Bishops

     2.40 Names of Sees

     2.41 Archdeaconries

Chapter 3: Neighbourhood and Network: Mission, Ministry and


3.01 The Pastoral Measure 1983

     3.05 Purpose and policy context

     3.07 Statutory diocesan plans?

    3.09 Use of the Measure

     3.09 Current provisions

     3.10 How they have been used

     3.12 Recent trends

    3.14 Church and Mission Models

     3.17 Potential and limitations of existing provisions

     3.21 Case studies of fresh expressions of church

     3.22 „Mixed economy‚Äü church

    3.26 Mission Initiatives

     3.28 Definition and scope

     3.30 Procedure for creating, renewing or terminating mission initiatives

     3.32 Appointments


     3.33 Governance and representation

     3.34 Funds and property

     3.35 Integration with existing structures

     Ministry arrangements

    3.37 Teams and Groups

     3.40 Group Ministries

     3.41 Team Ministries

     3.42 Operation of teams and groups

     3.44 Interim provisions for representation of the laity

     3.46 Representation of team members on team ministry patronage boards

     3.47 Appointment of team vicars

     3.48 Team ministries as corporate bodies?

     3.49 Ecumenical involvement in teams and groups 3.50 Deployment of Non-Stipendiaries

    3.53 Recognising other forms of collaborative ministry

    3.54 Suspension of Presentation

     3.54 Current Provisions

     3.56 Grounds for suspension of presentation

     3.59 Appointments of priests-in-charge

3.60 Parsonages

     3.60 Freehold of benefice property

     3.62 Overlap and conflict between the Pastoral and Parsonages Measures

     3.64 Scope for change

    3.68 Compensation of clergy


    3.72 Initiating Change

     3.72 Appointment and role of Diocesan Pastoral Committee

     3.74 Archdeaconry or deanery pastoral sub committees? 3.77 Orders and schemes

    3.88 Consultation process

     3.80 Statutory interested parties

     3.81 Consultation stages

     3.84 Drafting and publishing schemes and non-shortened procedure orders

     3.86 Making schemes

     3.87 Effects of our proposals on the consultation process

     3.88 Dealing with representations and the appellate function

     3.90 Role of the Privy Council

     3.92 Section 14 (Shortened Procedure)

3.93 Related Legislation

     3.94 New Parishes Measure 1943

     3.96 Extra Parochial Ministry Measure 1967

     3.97 Priests (Ordination of Women) Measure 1993

     3.98 Legislation as to the Faculty Jurisdiction

3.99 Central role


Chapter 4: Church Buildings

4.01 Background

     Churches in Use

    4.04 The role of church buildings

    4.06 The provision of church buildings

    4.08 Facilitating extended use of church buildings 4.14 Facilitating strategic reviews of church building needs

     Churches no longer required for public worship 4.16 Redundancy trends

    4.20 Terminology and available options

    4.21 Mothballing

    4.24 Diocesan bodies and the allocation of functions

     4.25 Rationalising the diocesan committee infrastructure

    4.29 Advisory function

     4.30 Current Arrangements

     4.32 Single central advisory role? 4.36 Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure: proposed changes

    4.37 Identical treatment for unlisted buildings?

    4.38 Use seeking period

     4.38 Length: maximum and minimum

     4.42 Use seeking: care and maintenance

     4.45 Use seeking: process

    4.47 Where a use is found

    4.49 Where a use is not found

    4.51 Preservation (by the Churches Conservation Trust)

     4.53 Constitution and appointment of Trustees

     4.54 Powers of the CCT

     4.58 Financing the CCT

    4.60 Demolition

    4.63 One Stage Procedure

     4.64 Section 46 replacement schemes

     4.65 Section 47 schemes


    4.67 Structure of the Measure

    4.68 Declaring a church redundant

     4.68 Initiating redundancy

     4.71 Churches closed prior to the Pastoral Measure

     4.72 Proposals for the future: Pastoral schemes involving redundancy

     4.74 Two-stage process

     Disposal of churches closed for worship

    4.77 Contents

     4.77 Contents in the use seeking period

     4.78 Disposal of contents

    4.83 Dealing with human remains, tombstones, monuments and memorials

    4.85 Covenants and residual interest following disposal 4.89 Lease cases

4.90 Central role


Chapter 5: Proposed Central functions