Last updated 22nd May 2023
It's just been announced that our vicar is moving on. What happens next?
The diocesan vacancy process is as follows:
- The PCC secretary will receive a Notice of Vacancy from the Diocesan Registry
- The bishops appointments secretary will contact the churchwardens to arrange a pre-vacancy meeting with the PCC and the Archdeacon.
- Approximately, one week before the pre-vacancy meeting the Bishops Appointment Secretary will send a letter to the churchwardens and PCC Secretary, outling the appointments process and provide a draft timeline.
- Within six months of receiving the notice, the PCC should hold a 'Section 11' meeting at which your outgoing priest (and partner) and the parish patron must NOT be present. This meeting is to
- Approve your parsh profile
- Appoint two lay members of the PCC to act as representatives of the PCC in connection with selecting the next priest (neither of whom have to be a Churchwarden)
- Decide whether to request the parish patron(s) to advertise the vacancy
- Decide whether to request a 'Section 12' meeting with the parish patron(s) and a Suffragan Bishop (the Archdeacon, Area Dean and Deanery Lay Chair may also attend)
- Decide whether to review existing resolutions or consider passing a new resolution regarding the arrangements for parishes unable, on theological grounds, to accept the ministry of women as priests and bishops.
- In line with the timeline provided send the following to the Bishops Appointments Secretary at email@example.com
- Complete Form 34 supplied by the Diocesan Registry
- Draft parish profile