Does an Archdeacon
have a right to attend a PCC meeting and speak at it?
The rules governing meetings of the
Parochial Church Council are set our in the Church Representation Rules. These
can be bought from bookshops or Church House Publishing.
There is nothing to stop an Archdeacon
arranging a meeting and inviting P.C.C. members to attend but this would not
be a meeting of the P.C.C. as such and would not have the power to transact
the business of hte P.C.C.
There are circumstances when an Archdeacon
or Bishop have the legal right to meet with the P.C.C.
- In a vacany the Bishop can call for
a 'vacancy meeting'. The patrons also have the right to call for such a
meeting and if one is held all the interested parties must be invited to
meeting has a very specific purpose and if other business is to be handled
then the normal rules governing the P.C.C. will apply to that part of the
agenda. It is up to the meeting to determine who is the chairman.
- One third of the lay members of the PCC or one tenth of the Electoral Roll
can call on the Archdeacon to convene an extraordinary PCC or Parochial General
meeting. The Archdeacon either chairs or appoints a chair.
Rule 23(1) then states:
‘The chairman, not being otherwise entitled to attend such
meeting, shall not be entitled to vote upon any resolution before the
Under any other circumstances the
Archdeacon has no right to attend the P.C.C. although he can be invited to
do so for all or part of a meeting.