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Clergy Terms of Service

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Updated ListingClick here for the 2015 Clergy Handbook, and here for the Word version.

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 that clergy and Licensed Lay Workers (LLWs) within the Church of England operate within. CTS legislation came into effect on 1 February 2011.

The Clergy handbook is a useful resource for all authorised ministers, ordained or lay,  bringing together advice and guidance on  working arrangements along with various regulations, policies and practices. The clergy handbook is a working document, with an annual review of all contents.

The information contained in the clergy handbook may include some information on matters which are legally binding on clergy, lay ministers and other lay officers and volunteers, but it should be generally understood as guidance and for information unless it explicitly states otherwise. In particular it should not be construed as forming part of any employment contract.

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

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