Parish Leadership Team (Parochial Church Council)

The Parish Leadership Team (PLT), also known as the Parochial Church Council or PCC, is the governing body of St. Christopher’s, and meets regularly to make decisions on how the church is managed.

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) is also a charity. PCCs with an annual income of more than £100,000 must be registered with the Charity Commissioners; those with an income below this threshold, whilst not currently required to register, must still comply with all other charity laws. The PCC has legal status and the Church Representation Rules apply.

The PCC is made up of members of clergy and lay members of the church. Together they are responsible for the overall wellbeing, practical as well as spiritual, of their church, the church members, and the church buildings. The PCC also has a duty to promote the mission of the church within the wider community.

Members of our Church Electoral Roll are entitled to have a right to access the minutes / actions arising from our Parish Leadership Team meetings – please email if you require a copy of the minutes from a specific meeting.

If you want to become a member of our Parish Leadership Team, elections are held once a year at our Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM), usually held in May each year. The purpose of this meeting is to receive various reports referred to in Church Representation Rules (rule M5) and to make church elections and appointments (rule M6). You will need to be on our electoral roll to be elected as a PCC member.

Further information about PCCs and how they work can be found here on the Bristol Diocese Governance pages – although the cartoon below may provide a more accurate insight into how things work in practice!