May a retired priest stand for election to the PCC of the church where he now worships, and, if so, is there an age limit?
Your answer: A member of the clergy cannot be elected to a PCC, but is eligible to be co-opted until the conclusion of the next annual meeting. The PCC may co-opt up to a number not exceeding one fifth of the number of elected laity, or two members, whichever is the greater. Co-opted members can be from among actual lay communicants over the age of 16 or Clerks in Holy Orders (2017 Rules: 14.(1)(h)). There is no age limit, but the PCC must choose each year whether to co-opt them.
The Church Representation Rules allow for clergy to attend the annual parochial church meeting if, not being beneficed or licensed elsewhere, they are resident in the parish or declared by the current minister and PCC to be a “habitual worshipper” (2017 Rules: 6.(3)(c)). They are, however, not entitled to vote in the election of any parochial representatives of the laity (2017 Rules: 11.(5)).
(The Revd) Ian Enticott (Area Dean)
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