At the July 2021 meeting of the General Synod, members approved the consultation paper for the review of the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 (MPM).
The main aim of the review has been to consider how the legislation and processes associated with the Measure can be improved and simplified. The Measure makes provision for the legal reorganisation of parishes and benefices, dioceses, and the closure and re-use of church buildings no longer needed for public worship.
The initial consultation on the paper closed on the 31st October 2021 and we are grateful to the many individuals, parishes, PCCs and other organisations which took the time to respond. An analysis of the responses will be presented to the General Synod at its sessions in February 2022.
The consultation paper is "Mission in Revision" (GS2222), and further supporting documents can still be found below under "Supplementary Material". The main areas the review is considering are:
- The re-shaping of the Measure into primary and secondary legislation;
- The streamlining and simplification of the Measure’s processes;
- The system for delivery of the Measure including staffing and funding.
If you have any queries about this programme of work please use the form below (selecting "Review of the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011").
We have prepared a short "Frequently Asked Questions" document about the Review of the Measure which can be found here.
You can see the recording of the of the debate on the paper at General Synod here (starting at 22 minutes 30 seconds).
We have also produced a short introductory leaflet for newly elected members of the General Synod which is available on the supplementary papers page or directly here.
The headline timetable is as follows:
- Phase 1: Developing the evidence base – November 2020 to June 2021
- Phase 2: Publication of GS2222 - Mission in Revision for General Synod debate and consultation – July to October 2021
- Analysis of responses to the consultation - November 2021 - February 2022
- Phase 3: Presentation of consultation analysis to General Synod - February 2022
- Phase 4: White Paper - recommendations for draft Measure to General Synod for debate – July 2022
- Phase 5: Draft Measure for First Consideration at General Synod – February 2023
- Phase 6: Revision committee – February to July 2023
- Phase 7: Second consideration – July 2023
- Phase 8: Final approval – General Synod – July/November 2024
- Phase 9: Parliamentary approval followed by preparation for implementation – 2024
Church Commissioners for England
Review of the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011
Consultation privacy notice
The Legislative Reform Committee of the Archbishop’s Council asked the Church Commissioners to review the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 and to present a consultation paper to the July 2021 session of the General Synod. The consultation paper was debated on Monday 12 July and a consultation period will run from 13 July to 15 September 2021 to gather views to inform new legislation. The questions from the consultation paper have been put into an online survey format.
This privacy notice sets out how the consultation process and survey will be managed and comply with the requirements of the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018. We expect that people will respond to the consultation on behalf of organisations, such as dioceses, or parish churches, but people will also be able to respond as individuals, either through the survey or by a dedicated e-mail address – [email protected].
The feedback from the consultation will be summarised and presented to Synod. It will be anonymised, so no-one will be identified individually. If there was a need to use any particular quotes they would either be anonymised, or the permission of a contributor would be sought before it was used publicly and would not be used if permission were refused.
This privacy notice is provided by the Pastoral and Closed Churches Team in the Church Commissioners.
The data controller is:
The Church Commissioners, Church House, Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3AZ
For further information on the Church Commissioners please go to:
- What information do we need to collect and how will we use your personal data?
The survey will ask people to provide the following personal information:
- Contact details – name and e-mail address and job title, so that we know which organisations and people have responded and can assess the level of support for proposals within the broad church community. We can also ask people if we have questions of clarification on comments in the submission to ensure accuracy.
- Personal information – we will ask people to identify if they are laity or clergy, and for details about age and gender. This is because we believe that views on the proposals will be influenced by these factors and it is important we understand those dynamics when crafting future policy and legislation.
- The lawful basis for using your information
Consent – you will be asked to signify your consent to the use of your data as part of the process of completing the survey.
Special category data
Legitimate activity - we process information that reveals your religious belief as indicated by whether you are clergy or laity and any titles you may have due to your work within the Church (e.g. Reverend, Bishop etc.), as part of our legitimate activities, and will not disclose it outside the Church without your consent.
- Who we collect from or share your information with:
We will not share your data with any other third parties except as listed below, and it will not be sent outside the UK or European Economic Area:
SurveyMonkey – your data will be captured via SurveyMonkey, whose privacy notice is available here:. [ www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MPM2011review ] [Review of the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 | The Church of England ]
- How long do we keep your information?
The anonymous, statistical results of the survey will be kept indefinitely. The personal data (email) used to contact you will be removed once the survey analysis has been completed.
- Your rights
You have the following rights regarding your personal data:
- The right to be informed about any data we hold about you;
- The right to request a copy of your personal data which we hold about you;
- The right to withdraw your consent;
- The right to request that we correct any personal data if it is found to be inaccurate or out of date;
- The right to request your personal data is erased where it is no longer necessary for us to retain such data;
- The right, where there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy or processing of your personal data, to request a restriction is placed on further processing;
- The right to object to the processing of your personal data
- The right to obtain and reuse your personal data to move, copy or transfer it from one IT system to another. [only applicable for data held online]
To exercise these rights, please contact the Data Protection Team using the contact information provided below. The NCIs Individual Rights Policy is available on request.
- Complaints or concerns
If you have any queries regarding this processing activity, please contact, in the first instance, Clara Sidoroinicz ([email protected]).
If you have any concerns or queries about how the Pastoral and Closed Churches Team handles your personal information, please contact our Data Protection Team at:
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 020 7898 1114, OR
You have the right to make a complaint at any time to the UK’s privacy regulator, the Information Commissioner at: Online: ico.org.uk/make-a-complaint/your-personal-information-concerns/
Tel: 0303 123 1113