Common Tenure

Since 2011 the majority of clergy in the Church of England hold their Ecclesiastical Office under common tenure. This is part of a framework of terms of service that brings security, clarity, and the opportunity for people to work together to encourage and support the clergy's ministry.

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Resources:

Ecclesiastical Offices (Terms of Service) Measure 2009

Common Tenure on two sides of A4

Comparison of freehold with Common Tenure

Summary of the legislation

Composite of the Regulations

  • Ecclesiatical Offices (Terms of Service) Regulations 2009 (SI no 2009/2108)
  • Ecclesiastical Offices (Terms of Service) (Amendment) Regulations 2010 (SI 2010/2407), and
  • Ecclesiastical Offices (Terms of Service)(Amendment)(No 2) Regulations 2010 (SI 2010/2848).

Terms of Service Directions 

  • The Ecclesiastical Offices (Terms of Service) Directions 2010 (SI no 2010/1923)

For links to the Statutory Instruments go to http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ and enter the year and SI number in the appropriate search boxes.

Chaplains and Common Tenure

Family Leave advice

Ministerial Development Review guidance - January 2010

Capability Procedure - code of practice

Capability Procedure - supporting advice

Grievance Procedure - code of practice

Grievance Procedure - supporting advice

Clergy Discipline Measure

Common Tenure FAQ's 

Feedback:

We would welcome your feedback on anything to do with the Common Tenure pages. Please email Jim Smith with your comments.