The Draft Scheme for the Team Ministry

 

SUMMARY OF MAIN PROVISIONS OF DRAFT SCHEME (NOT PART OF THE DRAFT SCHEME)

 

This draft Scheme provides for the union of the benefice of Headingley and the benefice of Saint Chad, Far Headingley (their constituent parishes to remain distinct) in the diocese of Ripon and Leeds and for the establishment of a team ministry for the new benefice of Headingley Team Ministry. It also provides for the cure of souls in the new benefice to be shared by a team rector and a team vicar, for the appointment of the team rector and the team vicar, for the housing arrangements for the team and for the future patronage arrangements for the new benefice.

 

 

DRAFT

 

PASTORAL SCHEME

 

    This Scheme is made by the Church Commissioners this   day of 201 in pursuance of the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 (“the 2011 Measure”), the Right Reverend James, Bishop of Knaresborough, duly appointed in that behalf pursuant to section 14 of the Dioceses, Pastoral and Mission Measure 2007, having consented thereto.

 

Union of benefices

1.   The benefice of Headingley and the benefice of Saint Chad, Far Headingley in the diocese of Ripon and Leeds shall be united to create a new benefice which shall be named “The Benefice of Headingley Team Ministry” and the area of the new benefice shall comprise the parish of Saint Michael, Headingley and the parish of Saint Chad, Far Headingley which parishes shall continue distinct.

 

Archdeaconry and deanery

2.   The new benefice and its constituent parishes shall belong to the archdeaconry of Leeds and the deanery of Headingley.

 

Establishment of team ministry

3.   (1)  A team ministry (to be known as "The Headingley Team Ministry”) shall be established for the area of the new benefice.

    (2)  The cure of souls in that area shall be shared by the incumbent of the new benefice, whose office shall be that of rector in the team ministry, and one other minister, who shall have the title of vicar and a status equal to that of an incumbent of a benefice.

    (3)  That area shall be in the pastoral care of those who are to share the cure of souls therein together with all other persons who are from time to time authorised by licence or permission of the Bishop to serve in that area as members of the team.

 

The office of rector in the team ministry

4.   If immediately before this Scheme comes into operation, the Reverend Michael Anthony Whatmough is licensed by the Bishop to serve within the benefice of Headingley, he shall be the first rector.

 

Presentation of rector

5.   Subject to clause 4 hereof, the rector shall be presented by a patronage board (to be known as "The Headingley Team Ministry Patronage Board") constituted in accordance with the provisions of the Schedule hereto.

 

The office of vicar in the team ministry

6.   (1)  Subject to clause 7 hereof, the vicar in the team ministry shall be chosen by the Bishop and the rector jointly.

 

    (2)  The licence of the Bishop under his Episcopal seal appointing the holder thereto may (subject to variation or revocation of any such provision with the consent of the rector and the vicar by subsequent licence under seal) –

(a)  assign to the vicar a special cure of souls in respect of a part of the said area and, if appropriate, the name of vicar of a church in that part;

(b)  assign to the vicar a special responsibility for a particular pastoral function;

(c) provide that any such special cure or responsibility shall be independent of the rector’s general responsibility;

(d) assign to the vicar a general responsibility to be shared with the rector for the cure of souls in the said area as a whole.

 

7.   If immediately before the scheme establishing the team ministry comes into operation, the Reverend Tom Peter Lusty is licensed by the Bishop to serve within the area of the benefice of Saint Chad, Far Headingley he shall be the first holder of the office of vicar in the new team ministry.

 

Team council

8.   The Bishop may by Instrument under his hand, with the concurrence of the rector, make provision -

(a)  for the establishment of a team council;

(b)  for the chairmanship, meetings and procedure of the team council;

(c)  for the functions of the parochial church council of each parish in the area of the new benefice which must or may be delegated to the team council;

being provisions to the same effect as those which may be made by a Scheme under the Church Representation Rules in the like case.

 

Places of residence

9.   (1)  The parsonage house of the benefice of Headingley, (known as Headingley Vicarage, 16 Shire Oak Road Leeds LS6 2DE) shall be the parsonage house of the new benefice

 

(2)  Subject to the direction of the Bishop given from time to time after consultation with the rector and vicar in the team ministry, the said rector and vicar shall severally reside in:-

(a)  the parsonage house of the benefice of Headingley,

(b)  The parsonage house of the benefice of Saint Chad, Far Headingley,

(c)  such other conveniently situated house or houses as may, with the Bishop’s approval, be provided in substitution therefor.

 

Transfer of parsonage house

10.  The parsonage house of the benefice of Saint Chad, Far Headingley, (known as Saint Chad's Vicarage, Otley Road, Leeds LS16 5JT), together with the sites and appurtenances thereof and the grounds usually occupied and enjoyed therewith, shall without any conveyance of other assurance be transferred to the Ripon and Leeds Diocesan Board of Finance to be held by the said Board for diocesan purposes.

 

Coming into operation of this Scheme

11.  If upon the date on which this Scheme is made no person, other than those persons referred to in clauses 4 and 7 hereof, holds an ecclesiastical office under Common Tenure in any benefice which will be dissolved by this Scheme, this Scheme shall come into operation on the first day of the month following the said date; but if on the said date any person, other than those persons referred to in clauses 4 and 7 hereof, holds such an office this Scheme shall come into effect six months thereafter or such earlier date on which all such offices have been vacated.

 

 

SCHEDULE

Constitution of the Headingley Team Ministry Patronage Board

 

    The patronage board referred to in clauses 5 of this Scheme shall consist of:-

   

a)   the Bishop of Ripon and Leeds in his corporate capacity, who shall be chairman of the board and shall have one vote as a member of the board and a casting vote as chairman;

b)   the incumbent of the benefice of Leeds City in his corporate capacity;

c)   Edmund, Lord Grimthorpe of Banstead Manor Stud, Cheveley, Newmarket CB8 9RD;

d)   the Ripon and Leeds Diocesan Board of Patronage which shall be represented at any meeting of the Board by one member of the said Diocesan Board of Patronage authorised to act and vote on behalf of the said Board, who shall have one vote;

e)   the vicar in the team ministry, any member of the team to whom section 34(3) of the 2011 Measure applies and any person having special responsibility for pastoral care under section 34(8) of the 2011 Measure who shall jointly have one vote which shall be exercised by such one of them or such two or more of them (acting unanimously or by a majority) as may be present at the meeting in question.

 

    In witness whereof the Church Commissioners have caused their Common Seal to be hereunto affixed.

 

 

SIGNED by the Right Reverend James     )

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Bishop of Knaresborough               )

 

 

 

Executed as a Deed by the affixing of the )

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Common Seal of the Church            )

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Commissioners in the presence of:-            )

 

        AUTHENTICATING OFFICER

 

Notes by the Diocesan office (not forming part of the draft Scheme)

 

 

The rationale behind the diocesan proposals is as follows:

 

The current diocesan policy is to provide each deanery with a figure for the number of clergy available to them for deployment based upon the diocesan “Sheffield” figure. In view of the reduction in available stipendiary clergy this means that deaneries need to identify where pastoral reorganisation can best be made for the use of stipendiary clergy and the ongoing ministry of the Church. The deanery, along with the parishes concerned, have suggested the union of these two benefices following a period of time when they have worked together in an informal cluster arrangement. The Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee sees this as a good way forward for the mission of the Church in this area.

 

Publication of this draft Scheme has been approved by the Church Commissioners but does not mean that they have taken a view on the merits of the diocesan case.

 

If they receive representations against the draft Scheme, they will send all representations, both for and against, to the Bishop and ask for his views. Individual representors will then receive copies of their correspondence with the Bishop (including copies of all the representations) and they may comment further in writing to the Commissioners on the issues raised in their original letter in light of the diocesan response if they so wish.

 

If there are no representations against the draft Scheme, the Commissioners will make the Scheme and arrange for it to be brought into effect.

 

 

1.   Under section 34(1) of the Mission and Measure 2011 the persons who are to share the cure of souls within the area of the benefice will constitute a team chapter and the team chapter together with the other persons referred to in clause 3(3) will constitute the team.

 

2.   Section 13(1) and paragraphs 19 and 20 of Schedule 2 to the Patronage (Benefices) Measure 1986 apply to the appointment of a team rector whereby the registered patron of a vacant benefice shall not make any priest an offer to present him or her to a benefice until the making of the offer to the priest in question has been approved by parish representatives of each parish in the team (unless a team council or joint parochial church council has been established in which case such approval shall be by representatives of the team or joint parochial church council) and the Bishop.

 

3.   Paragraph 2(6) of Schedule 3 to the Mission and Pastoral Measure provides that before the body or other persons who are entitled to choose a person to be a vicar in a team ministry make their choice, they shall consult -

    (a)  the other members of the team;

    (b)  the parochial church council of every parish in the team ministry; and

    (c)  if a special cure of souls in respect of a part of the area is to be assigned in accordance with section 34(7)(a) to the vicar, any district church council concerned.

 

4.   Paragraph 2(7)(a) of Schedule 3 to the Mission and Pastoral Measure provides that the body or other persons who are entitled to choose a person to be a vicar in a team ministry shall not make to any person an offer of appointment as such until the making of the offer to the person in question has been approved by the parish representatives of each parish in the team (unless a team council or joint parochial church council has been established in which case such approval shall be by representatives of the team or joint parochial church council) and the Bishop.

 

5.   The Mission and Pastoral Measure stipulates that any provision for a team council shall cease to have effect not later than five years from the date on which this Scheme comes into effect. It would, however, be possible under the Church Representation Rules to make similar provision for an unlimited period.

 

 

6.   Under paragraph 10 diocesan purposes is defined as using the parsonage house of the benefice of Saint Chad, Far Headingley, for housing a member of the team or a curate or lay person licensed to the benefice.

 

7.   This scheme does not alter the status of any of the churches in any of the parishes affected by it.

 

Coming into effect clause

Under the provision of s39(3) of the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 it is mandatory for a Pastoral Scheme which would have the effect of causing any ecclesiastical office held under Common Tenure to cease to exist to include the provision in clause 11 delaying the coming into effect of the Scheme for up to six months after it is made. This is to give any office holder who would be dispossessed an opportunity to find another post before the Scheme takes effect. In this case, it is the Bishop’s intention to license the Reverend Dr Clive Barrett and the Reverend Dr Keith Ward, as self supporting ministers to serve in the new benefice of Headingley Team Ministry and they have therefore agreed to resign from their current office as soon as the Scheme is made, in order to bring it into effect as soon as possible.


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