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Pastoral Organisation

by Helen Clemow last modified 27 Mar, 2020 10:58 AM

Arrangements for the pastoral supervision of the diocese and the organisation of parishes and benefices is the responsibility of the Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee (DMPC) which issues formal proposals for

  • The union of parishes and/or benefices
  • The creation of Team and Group Ministries
  • Alteration of parish/deanery /archdeaconry or diocesan boundaries
  • Changes of parish or benefice names
  • Appropriation Schemes
  • Suspension of Presentation (and renewal or lifting of suspension)
  • Bishops Mission Orders
  • Closure of churches for regular public worship
  • Church Sharing Agreements 

Further information about these can be found in Frequently asked questions about Pastoral matters.
As of 25th March 2020 all ongoing pastoral consultations have been suspended due to the Covid-19 outbreak whilst we await directions from the National Church and Church Commissioners.

Details of formal proposals and an update on the national position can be found on the Consultations in Progress page. The national page is here.

To download a Vacancy Pack, visit the Churchwardens' page.

The Pastoral Measure Code of Practice may be accessed at the Church Commissioners, Pastoral Division website.

If you have any queries about pastoral matters please contact the Pastoral Secretary: or call 01722 438650


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