West Swindon and Lydiard Tregoze Church Partnership

Constitution Schedule

Ministry

17) Authorised ministry within the LEP shall be provided by ministers (whether clergy or lay) duly appointed by the Participating Denominations, after consultation with the Sponsoring Body.

18) The procedures of the relevant Participating Denominations shall be followed in the appointment/call of ministers. Recognising, however, the importance of continuity, the LEP expects that those responsible for the appointment/call of ministers shall select persons who will respect and develop the ecumenical character of the LEP. To that end, when it is expected that a minister or member of the ministry team serving the LEP may leave, or before any major changes in the responsibility of the minister presently in post are considered, or if additions to the ministry team are being contemplated, the agreed procedure of the Sponsoring Body shall be followed.

19) There shall normally be a practice of alternating ministry between the Participating Free Church Denominations. At least one Church of England Minister shall normally be a member of the ministry team.

20) Newly appointed ministers shall be inducted / welcomed at a service at which they, other members of the ministry team, the LEP and representatives of the Sponsoring Body reaffirm the Declaration of Intent.

21) All ministers serving the LEP shall seek or be offered appropriate status within all the Participating Churches.

22) Remuneration of Ministers shall be in accordance with the practices of the appointing Participating Denomination.


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