Diocese of Brentwood
What is and who are the Diocesan Pastoral Council?
The Council was established by our current Bishop in the 1980’s
and is made up of about 120 predominantly lay people who are involved
at parish and deanery level and who meet all together twice a year
to discuss issues affecting our diocese.
The councils’ aims are to act as a forum for discussion and
reference; promote co-operation and communication between groups
and at all levels across the parishes, deaneries and diocese; support
pastoral development; provide practical advice to the Bishop and
undertake specific work at his request.
We have a lay member in virtually every parish and active deanery
pastoral councils in approximately half the deaneries. The majority
of parishes now have a parish pastoral council.
Our role in the parish involves supporting new and existing parish
pastoral councils through good practice and offering practical help
to ensure their continued growth and importance. Keeping the work
of the council and its’ activities relevant to parish life
is essential and increased/improved communication, resource and
information sharing will strengthen this.
We also have responsibilities to help encourage all the baptised
to be aware of their active responsibility in the church’s
life through participation and commitment and addressing pastoral
issues in the parishes.
Our role as regards the deaneries is to establish and support effective
deanery pastoral councils which address the needs of their own parishes.
The practice of real collaborative ministry needs to be addressed
Our role in the diocese is to help the implementation of the Future
Planning and Vision document to be launched later this month –
this will be a momentous task for the council members and the whole
of our diocese. We will be actively involved in ensuring a smooth
transition through the changes which face us all by increased involvement
and discussion with the Bishop and the Committee for Future Planning.
The Diocesan Support Team will be part of the council and the lay
representatives on the council will be major players in their parish
and across the diocese. Liaising and acting as a link with external
organisations that can offer help and support will be important
as will the need to re-evaluate priorities as changes occur in the
diocese. We will be able to again offer valuable feedback to the
Bishop, the Future Planning Committee, the commissions and other
If you feel you would like to know more or even be involved in our
work, please do make contact with (your own parish representative
if it’s you speaking!) your parish priest or with Sarah or
Lucy in our main office in Brentwood. Thank you for your listening