From time to time, parishes and benefices find that their organisational structure no longer best meets local pastoral needs. Parishes can be joined together or reconfigured in many ways, and boundaries can be redrawn. This is done through a legal process known as pastoral re-organisation, which includes consultation with the PCC, deanery, archdeaconry and patrons. Following such consultation, a Pastoral scheme may be drawn up (or a Pastoral order for minor matters).
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Parishes who think that this may be of benefit to them should contact their Area Dean or Archdeacon in the first instance.
Although each case is unique an overview of the standard process for pastoral reorganisation is set out in the following guidance:
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