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Act 41, 2017 (XLI) – Act anent the Remit of the Panel of Pastoral Care. 25th May 2017.

1.  The General Assembly declare that the remit of the Panel of Pastoral Care is as follows: to consider ways of providing and improving the pastoral care of ministers and their families.

2.  The General Assembly appoint the Pastoral Care Worker as Chair of the Panel of Pastoral Care along with Rev. Dr John Nicholls as Vice-Chairman. They shall report to the Board of Ministry and co-opt a team of men and women to join the Panel.

3.  The members of the panel will help with pastoral care situations when requested by the Support Worker. In addition, they will be vigilant in bringing to the Support Worker’s attention any minister who may be experiencing difficulty. They will be careful to treat all such matters in the strictest confidence.

4.  The Panel of Pastoral Care will consist of four or five members in addition to the Support Worker who will Chair the Panel.

5.  The Panel will give all necessary support, help and advice to the Support Worker.

6.  The Panel will meet at least once a year and submit a short report to the General Assembly concerning their work in general terms through the Board of Ministry.

7.  The General Assembly repeal Act 17, Class 2, 2008.