What is the PCC?
The PCC (Parochial Church Council) is the main decision making and financial authority for an Anglican parish church. This consists of a group of men and women elected afresh every year at the Annual General Meeting.
The PCC meets every two months to consider and vote on various issues to do with the running of the church.
Or to quote "Wikipedia":
"A parochial church council (PCC) is the executive committee of a Church of England parish. Legally the council is responsible for the financial affairs of the church parish and the maintenance of its assets, such as churches and church halls, but the council also acts as a focus for church affairs in the parish."
PCCs were first established early in the 20th Century to take on financial responsibility and provide transparency in the administration of the church. All meetings are minuted and financial accounts are audited and published every year.
That act sets out that the functions of the PCC shall include:
- Co-operation with the minister in promoting in the parish the whole mission of the Church, pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical.
- The consideration and discussions of matters concerning the Church of England or any other matters of religious or public interest, but not the declaration of the doctrine of the Church on any question.
- Making known and putting into effect any provision made by the diocesan synod or the deanery synod, but without prejudice to the powers of the council on any particular matter.
- Giving advice to the diocesan synod and the deanery synod on any matter referred to the council.
- Raising such matters as the council consider appropriate with the diocesan synod or deanery synod.
The PCC has a number of officers, who have specific roles within the PCC and act on its behalf. In addition other officers of the parish, lay and ordained, are members of the PCC ex officio - by right of the office they hold.