A new edition of the Church Representation Rules of the Church of England has been published: Church Representation Rules 2011. The previous edition was dated 2006, and since then changes have been made to the rules by the Dioceses, Pastoral and Mission Measure 2007 and the Church Representation Rules (Amendment) Resolution 2009.
I have listed below the fold a summary of these changes.
It is important to note that there is no fully up-to-date copy of the Rules available online.
The Rules originated as Schedule 3 to the Synodical Government Measure 1969, but they have been amended many times since then. Although the online text of the Measure is updated to incorporate amendments, there is a timelag, and the notes at the beginning of the online text of Schedule 3 list changes dating back to 2003 that have not yet been made.
It should also be noted that the rules in the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands are not necessarily the same as in England.
Changes made by the Church Representation Rules (Amendment) Resolution 2009
Replace Rule 13 by “13. Elections of churchwardens shall be conducted, at a meeting of parishioners, in accordance with the provisions of sections 4 and 5 of the Churchwardens Measure 2001.”
A number of changes to Rules 19 (Joint parochial church councils), 20 (Team councils) and 21 (Group councils)
A reduction in the minimum size of diocesan synods from 120 to 100 (Rule 31(8))
An increase in the minimum nomination period for diocesan synod elections from 14 to 21 days (Rule 32(4))
The correction of an error in paragraph 5 of Appendix II
Changes made by the Dioceses, Pastoral and Mission Measure 2007
Section 49(4) added a new Rule 27A.
27A Representation of persons to whom mission orders relate
(1) Any diocesan synod may, at the request of the bishop or bishops who has or have made a bishop’s mission order under section 47 of the Dioceses, Pastoral and Mission Measure 2007 which is in force, provide by scheme for representation on such deanery synod as may be determined by or under the scheme of such persons to whom the order relates as may be specified in or under the scheme.
(2) The provisions of rule 26(2) shall apply to schemes made under this rule.
Section 63(6) and Schedule 7 removed all references to Area Synods from Rules 24(6)(b) and 34(1)(c).