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How a PCC works

The information on this page will help you to make sure that your PCC is properly constituted to represent and support the work of your parish.

Categories of PCC membership

There are four categories of PCC membership:

  1. ex-officio members made up of clergy, licensed workers, churchwardens, General, Diocesan and Deanery Synod members;
  2. appointed members (Licensed Readers);
  3. members elected at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM);
  4. co-opted members during the time between annual meetings.

The number of elected and co-opted members is directly set by the size of the parish’s electoral roll. 

Church Representation Rules are vital for all those involved in parochial governance, the rules are available at this link 

Terms of office

PCC members are chosen at the Annual Meeting, which must take place in each parish no later than 31st May each year.

To stand for election to the PCC, Deanery or Diocesan Synod, you need to be:

  • over 16;
  • able to consent to being appointed;
  • on the electoral roll for at least six months (if aged 18 or older);
  • legally allowed to be a Charity Trustee;

and have received communion, within the Church of England, at least three times in the previous 12 months.

The term of office is three years. Standard practice is to elect one-third of your PCC's elected members each year. Any members co-opted during the year must stand down at the next Annual Meeting, but may stand for election if they wish to continue as a PCC member and meet the qualification criteria.

A churchwarden is elected annually at the APCM. For more information about churchwardens, please see this page.

Licensed Readers who are appointed to the PCC must be re-appointed every year by the Annual Meeting.  Readers may stand for election to the PCC along with all other lay members of the parish.

Requirements of all church members

Each PCC member must ensure that neither they, nor their family members, benefit from their PCC membership.

Each PCC member, with their colleagues, will need to ensure that their parish community maintains the highest standards to ensure that the many important matters discussed including financial affairs, safeguarding, mission, health and safety are dealt with professionally.

Members of all governance groups must also:

PCC committees


PCCs can create sub-committees to carry out specific jobs. Each sub-committee should ideally have at least one PCC member along with other church members who have the enthusiasm and/or relevant expertise. These sub-committees are responsible to the PCC, should report back regularly and seek approval before making changes or incurring costs. The PCC is ultimately responsible and should give clear direction to all its sub-committees.

The Standing Committee

This is a statutory PCC committee that may carry out some of the work of the PCC between meetings (e.g. if an urgent matter arises for which a full PCC Meeting cannot be called). The Standing Committee reports to the PCC. The size of a Standing Committee is dependant on the size of the parish Electoral Roll. The Minister is always an ex-officio member and the PCC must appoint others from its own lay membership.

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