Temporary and Occasional Duty and Permission to Officiate

Incumbents and Priests-in-Charge, especially those without ordained colleagues, will often need to arrange for cover, especially when on holiday or sickness. The task of confirming such arrangements may be shared with churchwardens or others, such as parish administrators, but any such invitations must be made with the authority of the Incumbent or equivalent. Normally such cover will be provided by nearby colleagues or retired clergy, often within the same deanery, or through the Guildford Register of Clergy on Call.

The rest of this guidance is for those from further afield.

Canon C8 2 provides that the minister with the cure of souls may invite anyone in holy orders to minister in his or her parish, subject to that person being 'of good life and standing', for a limited time for up to seven days within any three months. This would include a cleric who holds a benefice, has a licence or permission to officiate (PTO), but exclude those who have been prohibited from ministry for any reason. It is the policy of the Diocese that notice should be given to Willow Grange whenever it is intended to invite someone from outside the Diocese; this enables the Bishop to make suitable enquiries, including Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks if necessary.

This policy does not apply, however, when an Incumbent invites someone to minister or preach on a single occasion in any one year, providing the cleric is duly licensed, or has PTO in an Anglican Diocese within the United Kingdom on a single occasion in any one year.

Clergy ordained overseas may not minister in the provinces of Canterbury or York without permission from the relevant Archbishop under the Overseas and Other Clergy (Ministry and Ordination) Measure 1967. Clergy wishing to invite such clergy to minister, with the exception of one-off invitations to preach, should contact Willow Grange for advice as to how to obtain the necessary permission, which is readily given to those duly ordained and in good standing with their home Church.

Permission should also be asked from the Bishop before any person not licensed or authorised to preach in the Diocese, is invited to give an address or a talk on more than one occasion in any one year. The Diocese offers an occasional preachers course to prepare lay people for a preaching ministry.


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Then afterward
    I will pour out my spirit on all flesh;
your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
    your old men shall dream dreams,
    and your young men shall see visions.

Joel 2:28

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