Departments and committees

The Diocese of Gloucester has a central service organisation, which supports all our clergy and parishes, called the Gloucester Diocesan Board of Finance (GDBF). This organisation is headed by the Diocesan Secretary.

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Departments

Education Department

The Diocese of Gloucester is a substantial provider of primary schools in two Local Authorities: Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire. The Diocese has 115 primary schools, a secondary academy and five affiliated secondary schools. The Education team provide expertise in governance, admissions, building projects, models of leadership, school remodeling (amalgamations and federations) Section 48 inspections, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, Religious Education and values education.
For more information visit the schools section of the website.

Mission and Ministry Department

God calls us to share in his work in the world as we follow the way of Jesus together in our daily lives. The department seeks to respond to this call and to serve the life of the Diocese through supporting and equipping all God’s people to share the transforming Gospel of Jesus Christ through mission and ministry. We work with lay people and clergy serving in parish settings, chaplaincies and fresh expressions of church.

In line with the diocesan mission statement, Journeying Together, the department supports a variety of areas including the development of worship and spirituality; nurturing vocations and the growth of lay and ordained ministries; work with children, young people and families; discipleship and evangelism; and serving the wider world through engaging with issues of social justice and care for the environment.

Further information about the work of the Department can be found under the Outreach and Discipleship and Ministry and Vocations pages using the website navigation at the top of the page.

Finance and Property Department

The Board of Finance is a limited company responsible for employing staff at Church House; for managing the finances of the Diocese; and for providing administration and holding property on behalf of Diocesan Synod. It acts in accordance with the policy and directives of the Diocesan Synod. The Finance part of the department provides information and advice on financial matters to clergy, PCCs and Parish Treasurers; and is responsible for keeping the accounts of various diocesan bodies. For further information visit the Finance pages. or call 01452 835523.

The Property part of the department manages the housing stock of the Diocese. This involves providing the highest quality housing services for all occupants within the bounds of its resources, obtaining the best value for money for those who fund these services and examining ways of making the most efficient and appropriate use of the Diocese’s property assets. For more information visit the Housing section or call 01452 835529

Church Buildings, Pastoral and Registry Department

The Church Buildings officer provides support and advice on maintenance, use and alteration of church buildings and churchyards, as well as guidance on procedures to follow and other places to investigate for further advice. For more information visit the Church buildings and churchyard section or call Mary Coates on 01452 835530

This department also supports and manages pastoral reorganisation and the consultation process of closing down churches. The diocese also employs legal support, which is available to our parishes.

Human resources and Safeguarding department

The Human Resources (HR) Manager and Safeguarding Adviser for the diocese has several elements to her role:

  • To support Bishop Rachel, her senior staff, and clergy, across the range of clergy arrangements including Common Tenure.
  • To support benefices, parishes, PCCs, clergy, and other related partners and organisations as a resource for them with their employment issues and concerns.
  • To champion, lead, and support a professional approach to the employment of staff within the diocesan offices.
  • To lead on ensuring the highest standard of safeguarding process, advice and guidance for the diocese, and in its role as the registered/umbrella body.

You can visit the linked pages to find out more or call Judith Knight on 01452 835526.

Communications Department

The Communications Office manages the website, writes diocesan publications, acts as the Bishop’s press officer and also press officer for the diocese. It supports parishes with any communication issues or needs and works with every department to ensure that the work of officers is communicated to the right audience using the right method. Please visit the Communications pages to discover more, or call Lucy Taylor on 01452 835515.

 

Committees

Diocesan Synod

The Diocesan Synod is held three times a year, has 150 elected members and is essentially the ‘Parliament’ of the Diocese. The Synod discusses diocesan business and local concerns as well as debating important national issues. Synod members are elected through Deanery Synods and stand for three years. 

The Synod assists the Bishop and her staff by supporting and overseeing the work of the Diocese and providing a system of democratic representation for its people.

Diocesan Synod meets three times a year usually in February, June and October.

The General Synod considers and approves legislation affecting the whole of the Church of England, formulates new forms of worship, debates matters of national and international importance, and approves the annual budget for the work of the Church at national level. The following people represent the Diocese of Gloucester at General Synod:

House of Bishops

The Bishop of Gloucester

House of Clergy

The Revd Canon Dr Tudor Griffiths
The Revd Canon Richard Mitchell
The Venerable Jackie Searle

House of Laity

Mrs Corinne Aldis
Dr William Belcher
Mr Martin Kingston
Mrs Margaret Sheather

Members of General Synod may be contacted through Church House: 01452 410022

Bishop’s Council and Standing Committee

The Bishop’s Council is the main policy making body of the diocese and is the
Standing Committee of the Diocesan Synod. The council meets five times a year. Its
main functions are:

  1. To initiate proposals for action by the Synod and to advise it on matters of policy
  2. Subject to the directions of Synod, to transact the business of the Synod when it is not in session
  3. To act as the Board of Directors of the Gloucester Diocesan Board of Finance, a Company Limited by Guarantee
  4. To act as Trustees of the Board as a registered charity
  5. To examine issues concerned with the Diocese’s finances in detail and to make recommendations
  6. To take executive action in financial matters when the Synod is not in session, subject to the directions of Synod
  7. Under the Pastoral Measure 1983 to make recommendations to the Bishop in connection with:
    a. clergy deployment
    b. pastoral care
    c. the organisation of benefices and parishes
    d. sharing agreements for churches
    e. redundancy of churches
  8. To appoint members of committees or nominate members for election to committees, subject to the directions of the Synod
  9. To plan the business of the Synod, to prepare the agenda for its sessions, and to circulate to members information about matters for discussion
  10. To advise the diocesan bishop on any matters she may refer to the Council

Board of Education

The Diocesan Board of Education is constituted by the Diocesan Boards’ of Education Measure 1991.  It is an incorporated Body and Trustee of the Diocesan Voluntary Schools Fund, itself established pursuant to the Education Act 1993.  The fund derives from the sale of closed Church of England Schools and must be applied in respect of building grants and advisory services for Church of England voluntary schools in the Diocese of Gloucester.

In these contexts the responsibilities of the Board are considerable in facilitating changes for schools brought about by government legislation.   It provides guidance on good practice in religious education, collective worship, school management, school/community relationships and church/school partnerships.  The Board meets three times a year.

Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC)

The DAC is the Diocesan Advisory Committee on Faculties and the Care of Churches.  Its main role is to advise the Diocesan Chancellor about faculties for works to churches, which can range from routine reroofing up to a radical reordering with far reaching effects on the building and its contents.  Membership includes architects, engineers and experts on specialist subjects such as organs, bells etc. The DAC meets ten times a year, with frequent site visits in addition.

Diocesan Trust

The Diocesan Trust works with parishes that have responsibility for property to ensure the safeguarding of parish assets. It acts as guardian trustee and its members (Bishop Council Members are Directors) meet once a year.

The Gloucester Diocesan Trust exists to act as a custodian body, holding land and investments on trust for individual Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) and/or incumbents and churchwardens.  As such it is responsible for over £1.5m of investments and over 100 acres of property including over 50 community facilities such as church and parish halls.

The Trust is overseen by a board of trustees, and their details are updated yearly with the Charity Commissioners.  To see details please visit the Charity Commission website, please search for 253017 – Gloucester Diocesan Trust

If you are interested in the day-to-day management of any specific properties, please approach the Parochial Church Council for the parish for which you are interested in.

Gloucester Diocesan Trust is a registered Charity, number 253017, and details of its governing documents and its annual returns are available via the Charity Commissioners.

Finance Committee

This Committee deals with day-to-day financial matters, including monitoring income and expenditure during the year, preparation of the budget and management of investment issues.  Important financial matters are referred to Bishop’s Council.
The Committee meets five times a year.  The work calls for an understanding of financial matters, including asset management.  In particular, there is a need to balance diocesan and parochial financial pressures.

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee is concerned with discharging the directors’ (i.e. Bishop’s Council’s) responsibilities for risk management, dealing with the external auditors (including their remuneration and advising on their suitability and independence) and receiving the financial statements. The Committee reports directly to Bishop’s Council and meets at least three times a year.

Mission and Pastoral Group

The main role of the group is to review arrangements for pastoral supervision in the diocese. This may include union of parishes or benefices, establishment of team or group ministries, sharing agreements and schemes of redundancy for churches. It also provides guidance on new opportunities for different forms of ministry, especially in housing development areas. The group meets five times a year.

If you are considering reorganisation in your parish, benefice or deanery, please read through the document below.  Contact your Archdeacon for further advice and to discuss your thoughts and plans.

Guide to pastoral reorganisation within the Diocese

Nominations Committee

The Nominations Committee endeavours to bring greater transparency to the process of appointments to diocesan boards and committees and at the same time to seek a wider range of candidates for nomination to these bodies. The Committee reports directly to Bishop’s Council.
The Committee meets as required to deal with casual vacancies.  At the end of each synodical triennium, there will be a particularly busy period as boards and committees are reappointed.

Houses Committee

The Diocese is responsible for maintenance of just under 200 houses, mostly occupied by parochial clergy.  The day-to-day work is in the hands of the Property Manager and her staff.  The Houses Committee is responsible for setting policy in relation to property management and for reviewing its implementation.  Working groups are formed from time to time to assist with particular areas of policy or casework.  The Houses Committee meets six times a year.

Glebe Committee

The main purpose of the Glebe Committee is to review management of the Diocese’s portfolio of Glebe land.  This includes about 500 acres of agricultural land and about 70 acres of land with possible future development potential.
Day-to-day management of the properties is in the hands of the Property Manager, assisted by firms of surveyors.  In addition, the Committee is responsible for the Ann Edward’s Mews, a development of alms houses in Gloucester. The Glebe Committee meets three times a year.

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