Diocesan Advisory Committee (Care of Church Buildings), Pastoral & Closed Churches

  

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DAC, Pastoral & Closed Churches

Overview
The focus of this team is to ensure that our churches and parishes are provisioned as best as possible to meet the needs of worshippers in terms of clergy provision and physical accommodation.

Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches (DAC)
This covers anything relating to the care and maintenance of churches, their contents and surroundings and includes training of churchwardens. The DAC has the responsibility of advising the Chancellor and assisting the parishes in respect of all Faculty applications.

The DAC - along with their experts - will give advice to parishes relating to proposals for works and to agree how to progress with a scheme.  Where a scheme requires significant resource or substantial change, the parish should draw up a Statement of Significance and Need and consult national bodies, such as English Heritage, as well as the DAC. The DAC will advise when this is required and will provide guidance notes.

Once plans are developed into a formal, documented proposal, the proposal should be sent to the DAC, who then issue a certificate. The parish should display a public notice to give local residents and others the chance to make comments and objections.

The DAC, therefore, is responsible for the correct procedure by which churches are inspected, necessary works are noted, and the works undertaken in an orderly and lawful way.

The DAC is highly aware of its duty to maintain consecrated buildings, to be mindful of the rich Christian heritage old churches bear, and to have a full appreciation of the living needs the physical churches, ancient or modern, must meet. Few decisions are taken lightly, and full consultation is always sought, where it is appropriate.

In complex matters, where decisions are difficult or where objections have been raised, the Diocesan Chancellor will consider petitions and hold hearings at the consistory court.  The consistory court can enforce works to be carried out, or to be re-done if they do not meet the conditions laid down.

Pastoral
This area covers the legal aspects of amalgamation of parishes and includes parish boundary changes, disposal of or acquisition of, or designation of clergy houses in parishes and changes to the vesting of land. The administration of these processes is carried out by the Pastoral Secretary.

Vacancy
When an incumbent leaves a parish this creates a vacancy. The administration of the necessary processes required to fill the post via liaison with the patrons and interested parties is carried out by the Pastoral Secretary. Included in this is the process of suspending the presentation of the living to patrons to allow for pastoral re-organisation.

Closed Churches
The processes required to declare a church redundant are administered in this department. These include liaison with the parishioners and incumbent, investigations of shared or alternative uses or ownership and assessment of the importance architecturally of the building before instigation of the appropriate application via the Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee. This also involves future involvement with closed churches to ensure that conditions attached to any sale or lease are adhered to.

 

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