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Pastoral Measure 1983

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4(1)Where a pastoral scheme establishes a team ministry, the scheme, or the bishop’s licence of any vicar in the team ministry, may assign to any such vicar the duties or a share in the duties of the chairmanship of the annual parochial church meeting and the parochial church council of the parish or any of the parishes in the area of the benefice for which the team ministry is established, and other duties of the minister of the parish under the Church Representation Rules, or a share in such other duties, and the said Rules shall have effect accordingly:E

Provided that, if the said duties of chairmanship are to be shared, the arrangements shall be such that the chairman on any occasion is determined in advance so that, in his absence, the vice-chairman of the parochial church council shall take the chair in accordance with the said Rules.

(2)Where a pastoral scheme establishes a team minustry for the area of a benefice which comprises a parish in which there are two or more churches or places of worship, the scheme may make provision, or authorise the bishop by instrument under his hand with the concurrence of the rector to make provision,—

(a)for ensuring due representation of the congregation of each such church or place of worship on the parochial church council of the parish,

(b)for the election of a district church council for any district in the parish in which such church or place of worship is situated and for the constitution, chairmanship and procedure of that council,

(c)for the functions of the parochial church council of the parish which must or may be delegated to the district church council,

(d)for the election or choice of deputy churchwardens for such church or place of worship and for the functions of churchwardens of the parish which must or may be delegated to the deputy churchwardens,

being provisions to the same effect as those which may be made by a scheme under the Church Representation Rules in the like case.

In this sub-paragraph “place of worship” means a building or part of a building licensed for public worship according to the rites and ceremonies of the Church of England.

(3)Where a pastoral scheme establishes a team ministry for the area of a benefice which comprises more than one parish, the scheme may make provision, or authorise the bishop by instrument under his hand with the concurrence of the rector to make provision,—

(a)for the establishment of a team council,

(b)for the chairmanship, meetings and procedure of the team council, and

(c)[F1subject to paragraph 19 of Schedule 2 to the patronage (Benefices) Measure 1986]for the functions of the parochial church council of each parish in the area which must or may be delegated to the team council,

being provisions to the same effect as those which may be made by a scheme under the Church Representation Rules in the like case.

(4)Where a pastoral scheme establishes a group ministry, the scheme may make provision, or authorise the bishop by instrument under his hand with the concurrence of all the members of the group to make provision,

(a)for the establishment of a group council,

(b)for the chairmanship, meetings and procedure of the group council, and

(c)for the functions of the parochial church council of each parish in the area for which the group ministry is established which must or may be delegated to the group council,

being provisions to the same effect as those which may be made by a scheme under the Church Representation Rules in the like case.

(5)Any provisions which are included in a pastoral scheme or the bishop’s instrument by virtue of sub-paragraph (2), (3) or (4) shall cease to have effect at the expiration of [F2the period of five years from the date of the establishment of the team ministry or group ministry to which the pastoral scheme or instrument relates or such lesser period as may be specified in the scheme or instrument as the case may be] , and that period may not be extended or renewed by a subsequent scheme or instrument of the bishop.

(6)Any provisions which were included in a pastoral scheme or bishop’s instrument by virtue of sub-paragraph (2) or (4), as originally enacted, shall cease to have effect at the expiration of whichever of the following periods last expires, that is to say, the period of five years beginning with the date of the establishment of the team ministry or group ministry to which the scheme or instrument relates and the period of three years beginning with the date on which this Measure comes into operation.

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