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Last updated 13th December 2023

Pastoral reorganisation

From time to time parishes may need to make changes pastorally to further mission and ministry in their communities.  

Types of pastoral change Include:

  • Boundary and name changes
  • Creation of team and group ministries
  • Creation of a united parish
  • Declaring a church redundant
  • Changes in the use of a church

How does it work? The Area Dean and Archdeacon will help to formulate your proposals to be taken to your Deanery Mission and Pastoral Committee. Once agreed the proposals will be discussed by the Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee (DMPC) before a formal recommendation is made to the Bishop.  This recommendation is then legalised under the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 and the Dioceses, Pastoral and Mission Measure 2007.

A Guide to the DMPC provides more information and a glossary of terms.

The Dioceses, Pastoral and Mission Measure has given birth to a vital new piece of legislation - The Bishop's Mission Order, whereby the Bishop can endorse and authorise a fresh expression of church.

For more information please contact your local Area Dean or Archdeacon or the DMPC Secretary:  Tel  07817 550224


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