The Clergy Terms of Service Measure (usually known as ‘Common Tenure’) came into effect on 31 January 2011, changing the way in which clergy hold office and applies to all clergy except those who have chosen to retain their freehold.
The Diocesan Guidelines for Clergy give advice and guidance in working arrangements for all clergy holding the Bishop’s licence. For those appointed as office-holders on Common Tenure, it also expands upon the rights and obligations conferred by the legislation and should be read in conjunction with the Statement of Particulars. In line with best practice, the diocese has also produced a template role description and a guidance document on writing role descriptions. The role description is an essential document which describes the expectations of the officeholder and the work to be done. The produced documents will take you through each step of the process and contain a helpful starting point for thinking about the tasks and challenges that are specific to the individual role.
The Diocesan Guidelines for Clergy are written for all clergy; however, some sections will only apply to clergy in receipt of a stipend or to those on Common Tenure. Please note that the material in the guidelines, whilst it may include some information on matters that are legally binding on clergy, lay ministers and other lay officers and volunteers, should be generally understood as guidance and for information unless it explicitly states otherwise. In particular, it should not be construed as forming part of any employment contract. It is also be a useful source document for lay people, especially Church Wardens, as it explains the expectations placed on office holders in a variety of areas.
The Parish Guidelines for Preventing Bullying and Harassment are also available for download below for your reference.