Pastoral Care Councils
It is a requirement that all Salvation Army Corps have a Pastoral Care Council(PCC) in place and meet regularly. Corps may also have a Director of Pastoral Care to oversee all shepherding programming. This might include Mercy Seat Counseling, Soldiership Training, leadership development, CCM groups, visitation, etc. A detailed description of the Director of Pastoral Care role can be found in the Corps Administration Model.
WHAT/WHYThe pastoral care council exists for the highly important purpose of exercising pastoral care towards the whole corps fellowship, such care to include praying for, visiting and training those in that fellowship. The council should periodically review and revise the relevant rolls and keep them in satisfactory condition.
WHONormally, membership of a PCC will not exceed 15, but for very large corps the DC may approve additional members.
The PCC is comprised of:
(a) The DC, who, by virtue of office, is a member of every PCC in the division. The DC (or DHQ representative) presides at the annual PCC meeting (Annual Corps Review Rolls Update)
(b) The officers officially appointed to the corps.
(c) The corps sergeant-major, corps secretary and recruiting sergeant (RS).
(d) Soldiers selected for their pastoral gifts and availability for the work of pastoral care. Such members may be commissioned LOs but need not be, nor need they wear uniform. Normally, no more than 50% of the selected members will be LOs. Selected members will be appointed only with the approval of the DC. Their initial term of appointment will be for three years, renewable with the permission of the DC.
Where there are regular sections or other identifiable groups within the corps whose commissioned leaders are not members of the PCC, such leaders, or their assistants, may be called in to PCC meetings for consultation as necessary. The YPSM and corps youth secretary, if not members of the PCC, will frequently be consulted.
WHENPCC meetings are held quarterly, annually and specially.
(a) The quarterly PCC meeting is presided over by the CO.
(b) The annual PCC meeting is held instead of the usual quarterly meeting on a date notified to the CO by the DC. The DC or DHQ representative presides.
(c) A PCC meeting should be held immediately prior to the CO's farewell.
(d) A special PCC meeting may be held at any time, under the presidency of the CO.
HOWShepherding congregants is a primary focus of this council. Looking for opportunity to give direction for spiritual development, note members who may be ready to develop leadership skills or engage in Soldiership training, and other intentional steps to bring congregants to effective discipleship and leadership are all significant roles of the council. Some of these may be undertaken by a Director of Pastoral Care, who's primary responsibility is overseeing the programming that supports these steps (Shepherding programs, leadership development opportunities, Soldiership/Adherent Training).
Records: The PCC minute book is usually kept by the secretary. At the close of each PCC meeting the minutes should show, besides statistics and signatures, the decision or action of the council with respect to:
(a) Converts made recruits,
(b) Recruits and adherents approved for soldiership,
(c) Recruits and adherents enrolled as soldiers since the last PCC meeting, with date,
(d) Soldiers, recruits and adherents transferred from other corps and duly enrolled, with date,
(e) Soldiers, recruits and adherents removed from the books, with reason indicated. The names of those who have been removed from the soldiers' roll (excluding transfers and promotions to Glory) should be entered in the ex-soldiers' roll.
(f) A cadet on becoming an officer. (Names of cadets remain on the soldiers' roll until the cadet is commissioned, when the necessary entries must be made in the roll and the transfer issued in the usual way to the division where the officer is appointed.)
(g) Soldiers, recruits and adherents considered unsatisfactory, with efforts planned to help them, and the results,
(h) Junior soldiers approved for soldiership,
(i) Junior soldiers enrolled as soldiers since the last meeting, with date,
(j) Persons to be made adherents.
More information can be found in the O&R and in the Corps Administration Model document.
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ORDERS & REGULATIONS
The O & R for Senior Pastoral Care Councils contains detailed information.
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