The Parochial Church Council
or PCC, is the executive body of a Church of England
parish. It is constituted as a body corporate
by the Church Representation Rules set out in Schedule 3 to the Synodical Government Measure 1969, and consists of the clergy
and churchwardens of the parish, together with a number of representatives of the laity elected by the annual parochial church
meeting of the parish. Its powers and duties are defined by certain Acts of Parliament and other legislation, principally the Parochial Church Councils (Powers) Measure 1956. It has the responsibility of co-operating with the incumbent (rector, vicar or priest) or priest in charge in promoting the mission of the Church in its parish.
Formally, the PCC is responsible for the financial affairs of the Church and the
care and maintenance of the church fabric and its contents. These latter responsibilities are executed by churchwardens. It also has a voice in the forms of Service used
by the church and may make representations to the bishop
on matters affecting the welfare of the parish.