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Clergy Terms of Service

Support for Clergy and stipendiary Licensed Lay Workers

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Updated ListingClick here for the 2015 Clergy Handbook.

The Clergy Handbook provides  advice and guidance to working arrangements for all clergy holding the Bishop's licence, although some sections will specifically apply to those on Common Tenure.

Clergy Terms of Service (CTS) is the term for a package of changes made to the way clergy and Licensed Lay Workers (LLWs) within the Church of England are deployed. CTS legislation came into effect on 1 February 2011.

Clergy and stipended LLWs already benefit from many of these provisions. CTS ensures that everyone holding the Bishop’s Licence enjoys the same rights and responsibilities, and that support and accountability are balanced.

Newly-appointed clergy benefit from a Role Description available prior to interview. Role Descriptions follow a competency-based model devised via Focus Groups of clergy and laity held with New Testament scholar Dr Paula Gooder in 2010.

Further information on common tenure can be found at the Church of England web pages, www.commontenure.org.

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