Diocesan Committees

Secretary to the Diocesan Synod and Committees

Mrs Michelle Barwood
E: synod@sodorandman.im
T: 01624 673477



Diocesan Board of Finance

Chair: The Bishop
Vice Chair: The Archdeacon
Secretary: Mrs Michelle Barwood

The full Board meets at least twice in each year, a month or so ahead of the Diocesan Synods in July and November. It has an Executive Committee, which meets more frequently to implement the Synod’s and the Board’s policies and decisions and to monitor their progress.

Under the Church Act 1992 the Board of Finance is responsible for the operation of the central financial functions for the diocese. In discharging its duty the Board carries out the following functions:

  • providing for the costs of running the diocese
  • preparation of an annual budget which is presented to and approved by Synod
  • collection from the parishes of contributions to the Shared Ministry Fund
  • payment of stipends together with associated national insurance and pension costs
  • provision of housing for clergy and others holding office under common tenure
  • payment of the diocese´s share of central Church expenditure, including for training for the ministry
  • payment of compensation to clergy who lose office on pastoral reorganisation
  • management of certain Church trusts where the income is available for restricted
  • acting as custodian trustee of certain funds and property managed by parochial bodies
  • approval of all sales of Church land and the administration of the proceeds of sale
  • management and disposal of closed churches
  • making of schemes altering the objects, trusteeship, administration etc. of funds or property held for Church purposes
  • making of regulations specifying the terms of service of clergy and others holding office under common tenure.



The Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches

DAC membership:

Chair: The Archdeacon

The Revd Canon Clive Burgess

Mr Gerry Callister

Mr Ernie de Legh-Runciman (Bells and Tower Adviser)

Mr Steve Hamer (Electrical and AV Adviser)

Mr Geoff Sharpe (retired architect who advises generally on construction and materials)

The Archdeacon chairs the DAC. The Committee is there to advise parishes on building matters, particularly with regards to the need for a Faculty to undertake major works and the DAC advises the Vicar General who issues faculties on the merits of each case. The DAC also advises the Archdeacon regarding List B matters and considers Quinquennial Inspection Reports (QIRs).

The Archdeacon should be the first port of call concerning all but the most minor of works to church buildings and burial grounds. He will advise the parish as to which permissions are needed (List A, List B or Faculty) and he will tell you with whom you need to consult e.g. Manx Heritage, the Conservation Officer or one of the DACs experts, etc. 

All the details including an 8 point guide right through the Faculty procedure to completion, and the various forms to be completed as Word or PDF documents, can be found on the Faculty Procedure page.

The DAC prefer applications in electronic form with the various documents as attachments, for which please use the Word files. If you find it easier, then hard copy applications, in duplicate, may be made. In this case use the PDF forms.

We strongly advise you to consult the Archdeacon about projected works before you have even passed a PCC resolution (although after initial discussions in PCC and a general agreement in principle). He may wish to visit the church or ask other members of the DAC to visit to discuss.

The DAC meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each January, and thereafter the 1st Wednesday of each March, May, July, September and November. Requests for Advice need to be with the Secretary to the DAC, Mrs Michelle Barwood (synod@sodorandman.im), no later than the 15th of the previous month.

Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the DAC Secretary via email or telephone (673477).


Diocesan Organ Adviser

The Diocesan Adviser for all matters involving church organs is Gareth Moore who can be contacted on email at garethmoore@manx.net.


The Diocesan Property Committee

The Property Committee is a sub-committee of the Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF) and it consists of:

Chair: The Archdeacon

Vice Chair: Mr Julian Power

2 lay members of the DBF: Mr Steve Hamer and Mrs Sue Waring

2 clergy members of the DBF: Revd Canon Dr Joe Heaton and Revd Canon John Coldwell

Co-opted member: Major Charles Wilson

Secretary Mrs Michelle Barwood (non-voting)

The Diocesan Surveyor is in attendance

The diocesan 'Guide to Living in a Parsonage' is available and a hard copy should be in each Vicarage study.

You may wish to also look at the Church of England's guidelines, 'Parsonages: A Design Guide', commonly referred to as 'The Green Guide'.

We seek to maintain our parsonages up to this standard and to recognise certain principles agreed across the Church of England:

  • That under Common Tenure, stipendiary incumbents have a right in law to a certain standard of housing. 
  • That in the interests of fair play and natural justice amongst our stipendiary Incumbents (i.e. Vicars) this standard has a minimum and a maximum standard.
  • That we have to be able to afford this housing as a diocese and we need to steward our human resources (the clergy) and our material resources (the housing stock) well and wisely.

The Property Committee generally meets every other month beginning in January each year. Should you wish to contact the committee, please do so via the Secretary (synod@sodorandman.im or 673477).


Appendix (to the Standing Orders of the Diocesan Synod)

The Standing Orders of the Diocesan Synod may be found at www.gumbley.net  scrolling down the left hand column past the Kirk Braddan material etc and clicking on the link “Diocesan Registry” then scrolling down the left hand column until the link “The Standing Orders of the Sodor and Man Diocesan Synod”, but here is the full list of diocesan committees. According to S.O. 77 the bishop or the archdeacon must be a member of every committee and of any committee which may subsequently be established. Because of the many duties of a diocesan bishop in the wider Church of England this has generally meant the archdeacon.

This is the list of those committees and their membership (by office).

Constitutions of Committees etc.

1. Standing Committee

  • Bishop
  • Archdeacon
  • Proctor in Convocation
  • Lay member of General Synod
  • Diocesan Registrar
  • Chairman of house of clergy
  • Chairman of house of laity
  • Chairman of Diocesan Board of Finance
  • 3 members of house of clergy (elected by that house)
  • 3 members of house of laity (elected by that house)

2. Church Commissioners for the Isle of Man

  • Bishop
  • Archdeacon
  • One actual communicant member of Church of England, appointed by Diocesan Board of Finance
  • 3 persons, being clerks in Holy Orders, elected by the synod
  • 4 persons, being of the laity, elected by the synod

3. Sodor and Man Diocesan Board of Finance

  • Bishop
  • Archdeacon
  • 12 members appointed or elected by synod (not more than half to be clergy)

4. Legislative Committee

  • Bishop
  • Archdeacon
  • Vicar General
  • Proctor in Convocation
  • Lay member of General Synod
  • 3 members of house of clergy (elected by synod)
  • 4 members of house of laity (elected by synod)

5. Vacancy in See Committee

  • Archdeacon
  • Dean of the Cathedral
  • Proctor in Convocation
  • Lay member of General Synod
  • Chairman of house of clergy
  • Chairman of house of laity
  • 8 beneficed or licensed clergy (elected by house of clergy)
  • 9 actual communicant lay persons on electoral roll of parish in diocese (elected by house of laity)

6. Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches

  • Archdeacon
  • 2 members of synod appointed by synod
  • Not more than 4 persons appointed by Bishop

(Committee may co-opt additional non-voting members)


To which we may add, but it isn’t in Standing Orders:

Property Committee as a sub-committee of the DBF

  • Archdeacon
  • Elected by DBF two clergy two lay members
  • Co-opted: one member has been co-opted by the Committee to aid in the buying and selling of houses
  • In attendance: Synod Secretary, Diocesan Surveyor, Diocesan Treasurer

(The Committee may co-opt additional members)