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Review: CoE governance structure encourages confusion, duplication and accountability gaps

Review: CoE governance structure encourages confusion, duplication and accountability gaps

The Church of England’s Governance Review Group has submitted recommendations to the church for reorganization. With some exceptions it recommends consolidating the seven national church institutions into one.

The GRG was established by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York. The archbishops welcomed the report in a press release.

From the previously confidential report:

Whilst we recognise that the Church of England has historic reasons for its fragmented organisational ecology, we have nonetheless been confident from the outset that the status quo in its current complexity is not sustainable or suitable for the Church’s future mission. As described in more detail below, this complexity does not nourish the organism of the Church so much as it encourages confusion, duplication and accountability gaps.

There are several recommendations, the first of which is

Most of the national functions of the Church of England should be carried out within the framework of a single national body called Church of England National Services (CENS), with a board of trustees, established for charitable purposes under the Charities Act.

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