Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee

Each Diocese in the Church of England is required to establish a Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee (‘DMPC’).

The DMPC's functions include:

  • reviewing arrangements for pastoral supervision and care in the Diocese;
  • preparing strategies or proposals for making better provision for the cure of souls, which may include reorganisation, and making recommendations to the Bishop; and
  • carrying out responsibilities in relation to the future of churches no longer required for public worship.


In the Diocese of Ely, the functions of the DMPC are exercised by Bishop’s Council, which delegated the responsibility for pastoral planning, reorganisation and mission activities in each archdeaconry to the Archdeaconry of Cambridge Mission and Pastoral Committee (‘CADMPC’) and the Archdeaconry of Huntingdon and Wisbech Mission and Pastoral Committee (‘HWADMPC’) respectively.

Each of the Archdeaconry Mission and Pastoral Committees (‘ADMPC’) meets three times a year, and reports back its work to Bishop’s Council. A separate Closed Churches Uses Committee (‘CCUC’) considers the future of churches no longer required for public worship, and also meets three times a year. Minutes of these meetings are circulated to Bishop’s Council as the DMPC.

Further information about the operation of the ADMPCs can be viewed here.