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Recommended Constitution for a Deanery Pastoral Committee


1. It shall be the responsibility of any Deanery Pastoral Committee appointed from time to time, as requested by the Bishop, Diocesan Pastoral Committee, Archidiaconal Pastoral Sub-Committee or Deanery Synod to review the arrangements for pastoral supervision in the Deanery or any part thereof and to report and, in cases where they consider it desirable, to make recommendations to the Deanery Synod. Where a Deanery Pastoral Committee is appointed the following rules shall have effect.

2. The Deanery Synod shall appoint a Chairman who at the time of his/her appointment need not be a member of the Committee but must be a member of the Deanery Synod.

3. The Rural Dean and Lay Co-Chairman shall be ex officio members of the Committee.

4. The remaining members of the Committee shall be appointed or elected in such manner as the Deanery Synod may determine, but so as to secure that there should be at least one member, and not more than two members, from each group of Parishes in the Deanery of whom one must be a member of the Laity.

5. Members of the Committee shall hold office for such period as may be appointed by the Deanery Synod or the dissolution of the Deanery Synod, whichever is the shorter. Members shall be eligible for re-appointment on the termination of any period of office.

6. Not less than one third of the members of the Committee shall form a quorum.

7. The Committee may act notwithstanding any vacancy in their membership.

8. Every question submitted to a meeting of the Committee shall be decided by a majority of those present and voting, and the Chairman of the meeting shall have a second or casting vote in the case of an equality of votes.

9. The Committee shall meet as business dictates, but not less than twice in any year in which it is constituted.

10. Subject to the foregoing provisions and to any directions given by the Deanery Synod, the Committee shall have power to regulate their own procedure.