Birkdale United Reformed Church

  • Grosvenor Road
  • Birkdale
  • Southport
  • Merseyside
  • PR8 2ET

Clause 5



The exercise of the total caring oversight by which Christ’s people grow in faith and love is the special concern of elders and ministers, which may be complemented by the work of a Church Related Community Worker [‘CRCW’].  Before a call can be issued by a Church Meeting to a Minister of Word and Sacrament or a CRCW the procedures to be followed shall have been agreed by the Church Meeting after considering the recommendations of the Elders’ Meeting and any guidance issued under the authority of councils of the wider United Reformed Church.


5.1       MINISTERS


A Local Church may, at any one time, have one or more ministers in pastoral charge; these are called to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament.



A Local Church may at any one time have one or more Church Related Community Workers.  They are called to a ministry of caring, challenging and praying for the community.


5.3       ELDERS


5.3.1 The church meeting shall adopt such methods of electing Elders as it  shall from time to time see fit and determine how long elected Elders shall serve and whether or not there must be an interval between the completion of a period of service and election for a subsequent period.



5.3.2. [The Church Meeting/the Elders] shall make such rules and regulations relating to the calling and conduct of Elders Meetings as they shall from time to time think fit.

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