This section contains information on committees at the Diocese of Manchester
The Bishop’s Council and Standing Committee is a statutory committee of the Diocesan Synod, established under Church Representation Rule 34 (1) (k), which discharges some of the advisory and consultative functions of the Synod (Section 4 of the Synodical Government Measure 1969). Its functions in relation to the Diocesan Synod are as set out in Diocesan Synod’s Standing Order 75 (reproduced below):
75. The functions of the Standing Committee shall be:
(i) to plan the business of the synod, to prepare the agenda for its sessions, and to circulate to members information about matters for discussion;
(ii) to initiate proposals for action by the synod and to advise it on matters of policy which are placed before it;
(iii) to advise the president on any matters which he may refer to the committee;
(iv) subject to the directions of the synod to transact the business of the synod when it is not in session;
(v) to appoint member of committees or nominate members for election to committees, subject to the directions of the synod;
(vi) to carry out such other functions as the synod may designate to it.
The Board has responsibility for all matters concerned with the diocese’s relationship with schools and colleges, both further and higher education; and the Church's work with children and young people.
The Board meets three times a year outside. The Board delegates the detailed oversight of the work to its committees:
• Finance & General Purposes Committee, with a remit for policy and finance.
• Schools Committee, dealing with provision and places, inspection and curriculum issues.
Manchester Diocese has a very significant stake in education. There are major challenges for the church in relation to children and young people and the Board is crucial in developing strategies to meet those challenges. It needs members with a passion for education and a passion for the Gospel, committed to doing right for the children and young people of the diocese.
The Diocesan Advisory Committee acts as an advisory body on matters affecting places of worship in the diocese and, in particular, gives advice when requested by the bishop of the diocese, the chancellor, the archdeacons, the PCCs, intending applicants for faculties, the pastoral committee, people engaged in the planning, design or building of new places of worship in the diocese, not being places within the jurisdiction of the consistory court; and such other persons as the committee may consider appropriate.
The DAC advises on matters relating to:
(i) the grant of faculties;
(ii) the architecture, archaeology, art and history of places of worship;
(iii) the use, care, planning, design and redundancy of places of worship;
(iv) the use and care of the contents of such places;
(v) the use and care of churchyards and burial grounds;
(b) to review and assess the degree of risk to materials, or of loss to archaeological or historic remains or records, arising from any proposals relating to the conservation, repair or alteration of places of worship, churchyards and burial grounds and the contents of such places;
(c) to develop and maintain a repository of records relating to the conservation, repair and alteration of places of worship, churchyards and burial grounds and other material (including inspection reports, inventories, technical information and photographs) relating to the work of the committee;
(d) to issue guidance for the preparation and storage of such records;
(e) to make recommendations as to the circumstances when the preparation of such a record should be made a condition of a faculty;
(f) to take action to encourage the care and appreciation of places of worship, churchyards and burial grounds and the contents of such places, and for that purpose to publicise methods of conservation, repair, construction, adaptation and re-development;
(g) to perform such other functions as may be assigned to the committee by any enactment, by any Canon of the Church of England or by resolution of the diocesan synod or as the committee may be requested to perform by the bishop or chancellor of the diocese.
The deadline for applications to appear on the following month’s agenda is the 15th of the month.
The Committee meets six times a year. The committee acts as the directors of the Board of Finance. Members may be asked to serve on a sub-committee or task group.
Members are the Executive Directors of the company known as Manchester Diocesan Board of Finance Ltd and as such are normally responsible for discharging the functions of the Board apart from those that are required to be exercised by the Board’s Annual General Meeting. They are also Trustees of the charity of the same name. Therefore members need to have some understanding of the functions of a director and some need to have financial experience. Members will be assisted in these formal roles by the Chairman and officers of the Board.
(i) preparation of an annual draft diocesan budget;
(ii) budgetary control within the approved diocesan budget;
(iii) provision of costings, to Bishop’s Council and other diocesan bodies, for all new items of work;
(iv) allocation of contingency and general reserve provisions;
(v) all decisions relating to Parish Share Apportionment within the approved method;
(vi) Custodian Trustee business;
(viii) Investment powers over the DBF’s own assets and those assets of which the DBF is sole (or managing) trustee;
(ix) the appointment of external auditor and the keeping of internal audit systems;
(x) to consider and grant or withhold approval for borrowing by any board or committee of the diocese.
The Committee meets about four times a year. The Mission and Pastoral Committee operates under the provisions of the Pastoral Measure 1983. Its function is to “review the arrangements for pastoral supervision in the diocese and to make recommendations to the bishop for matters for which provision may be made by a pastoral scheme or pastoral order.” Within that remit, the Committee is to have particular regard to “the making of provision for the cure of souls in the diocese as a whole” and “the traditions, needs and characteristics of individual parishes”.
The Property Committee meets six times a year in Church House with the purpose of:
(i) recommending standards for new and existing houses – their provision, repair and improvement;
(ii) recommending an annual budget and exercising the financial control and monitoring of that budget;
(iii) monitoring the housing and repair policies, and recommending changes where appropriate;
(iv) approving quinquennial surveys of houses;
(v) monitoring the house replacement list and recommending replacements where necessary, including the funding of the same and approving plans for new houses;
(vi) recommending policy in relation to Glebe land ownership;
(vii) general management of Glebe holdings in consultation with the diocesan agent – rent reviews, new lettings, easements, terms of sale.
When it is necessary for a new Diocesan Bishop to be appointed, the Committee prepares a statement setting out the needs of the diocese and provides such factual information about the diocese and its organisation as may be requested by the Crown Appointments Commission. The Committee elects some of its members to be members of the Commission in connection with its function in relation to the vacancy.