Church Representation Rules

Church Representation Rules is a vital tool for all those involved in parochial, diocesan and national Church governance.

This 2020 edition presents an entirely new text of the Church Representation Rules, replacing the previous Rules established in 1969 and amended numerous times over the following fifty years.

The new Rules aim to simplify local church governance and enable parishes to adapt the rules to best serve ministry and mission in their contexts

In addition, the new Rules are also designed:

  • to be compliant with recent data protection legislation
  • to provide for electronic communication
  • to ensure better representation of mission initiatives in the Church’s structures
  • to enable PCCs to do business by correspondence.

This volume includes a full introduction to the Rules and explanatory notes highlighting the new provisions together with a comprehensive index.

If you need advice regarding the Church Representation Rules you should contact your diocesan registrar


Relating to a church parish


The Parochial Church Council - each parish has this executive committee, which is made of clergy, church wardens and lay members.

Deanery Synod

A body consisting of clergy working in a deanery and lay representatives elected from every parish.

Diocesan Synod

Body consisting of clergy and lay representatives elected from across the diocese


The legal officer for a diocese who gives legal advice to churches and clergy on matters relating to their work, preparing legal documents for the diocese and more.