Date(s) - 14/11/2016
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
St Swithun Church
To help you prepare for this you can obtain a copy of the new Guidelines by following the links below:
Last year the General Synod of the Church of England approved a significant revision to the Guidelines for our professional conduct as clergy. The new Guidelines are not a set of rules, although they may cause us to amend aspects of our ministerial practice, but operate rather by shaping the environment and expectations within which we pursue our vocation. They are a reflection on the evolving nature of ordained ministry in our contemporary context. This is a reflection that is at one and the same time theological and devotional, practical, legal, social, cultural….in a sense, this is “where we are” as a Church, and it is most helpful that, like the previous version, these revised Guidelines are set out in the form of a reflection and commentary on the Ordinal.
Some clergy who minister under Permission to Officiate (PTO), including retired clergy, attended the presentations at deanery chapters and their input, developed from a lifetime of ordained ministry, was very helpful. Inevitably not all clergy who minister under PTO were able to be present. It is also the case that the day to day impact of the revised Guidelines may be different for those ministering under PTO as opposed to those holding a specific parochial licence. Bearing these things in mind, but being conscious also of the significance of the Guidelines, two further presentations are being offered specifically focused towards retired clergy and any others ministering under PTO who were unable to attend a deanery chapter event. To try and make travel easier for some, and after discussion with the Clergy Retirement Officers, Peter Doores and Michael Kenning, we will be holding one of these presentations in Bournemouth. We warmly invite you to come along to either presentation, but would also remind everyone that, the wider Church of England now presumes that each of us have read, understood and adopted the Guidelines. Whilst it is the responsibility of each one of us to do this, we want to do what we can to support you by making these further opportunities available.
We will have the opportunity to spend time looking together at the revised Guidelines. There will be some aspects to them that we would like to draw out and highlight for attention. However, the Guidelines are not the archdeacons’ document or message, but rather our shared possession, as those who together follow the vocation of ordained ministry in the Church of England. As such it would be helpful if you had the taken the opportunity to look through the revised Guidelines and came along equipped with areas you would like to discuss together.
In addition to deepening our understanding of these guidelines our meetings provide the opportunity to present new diocesan guidelines designed to support the ministry of retired clergy.
Many retired clergy holding PTO generously offer ministry on a voluntary basis in their home parishes. The CRO’s and Archdeacon Richard have been devising some practical guidance to develop mutually agreed expectations to support this. It is intended that these will help us all make the very best of the gifts and opportunities God gives us and, this guidance will be presented briefly once we have looked at the wider Professional Guidelines.