National Register

The Church has committed itself to implementing the recommendations of the Gibb Report, including the requirement that there should be a national register for clergy with PTO.  

Although the Gibb Report only recommended a national register for clergy with PTO, information needs to be available about all those with authority to minister from a Bishop. This is to enable: 

  • Clergy to check that someone has authority before inviting them to officiate 

  • Bishops, when considering whether to grant PTO, to check if someone has it in any other diocese so that they can liaise with the relevant Bishop 

  • Bishops, if they withdraw or do not renew authority or PTO, to check whether there are other bishops that have granted the cleric PTO who need to be informed 

  • An employer to check that someone has appropriate authorisation from the bishop when considering whether to employ someone as a chaplain. 

Phase 1 will include: All those ordained deacon or priest who have a current authorisation from a diocesan bishop or archbishop to minister as deacon or priest or bishop in the Church of England.  

Phase 2 will include: People holding other forms of licenced ministry authorised by a diocesan bishop in the Church of England other than those already accounted for in definition one.