Running a large and busy church like Emmanuel is a shared responsibility between the Vicar and clergy, Staff and Ministry teams, Leadership Team and a group of people known as the PCC.
The PCC, short for Parochial Church Council, is made of the clergy and members of the church. Together they are responsible for looking after the church’s resources so that we can fulfil our vision.
Mandated by the Church of England, the PCC are like Trustees, and having this wider group of people involved in decision making processes, and having responsibility for what the Church does is important in providing accountability as well as supporting the staff team.
The Leadership Team is there to provide spiritual leadership for the church, offering advice, guidance, support, and challenge to the clergy in fulfilling church mission. The team discusses matters of strategic importance for the church, reviews the direction of the ministry and provides a framework for appropriate checks and balances.
The authority of the Leadership Team is derived from the Emmanuel Croydon Standing Orders and Governance Framework. The Leadership Team is accountable to the PCC.
The Leadership Team is made up of the Vicar, Associate Vicar, the Church Wardens and up to three other members from the church family (who are nominated by the Leadership Team to complement the skills and perspectives of the ex-officio members and whose appointment is approved by the PCC).
The Leadership Team meetings provides a forum for spiritual, intellectual and emotional support for the clergy; discussions are grounded in prayer and confidentiality is respected. In addition, individual members may also undertake additional tasks as needed to provide practical support.