The projects covered in the study are managed in a variety of ways and have different degrees of independence from their local church
The range includes projects run by:
· the Parochial Church Council;
· a sub-committee of the PCC;
· the diocese where the staff member is managed by the Diocesan Social Responsibility Officer;
· a steering group with membership from the Department for Social Responsibility;
· a steering group of participating Anglican churches;
· a steering group of representatives of Churches Together;
· a committee of management linked with the Mothers’ Union.
In these cases, the projects use the church’s charitable status for fund raising. Other projects are:
· registered charities;
· charitable companies limited by guarantee;
· registered community interest companies.
The boards of trustees/directors of these will usually have some link to/cross membership with the sponsoring church(es) as well as other partner organisations. One project comes under an umbrella charity which, although it had its origins in a development agency set up by local churches, no longer has a formal connection.
Finally, remember that life doesn't go on forever: often initiatives are driven by a small number of individuals, and the time comes when they can't go on any more. Don't push them to the limit: they should feel no sense of guilt when their initiative draws to a close because there's no one to step into their shoes. Succession plans are great if they can be arranged, but voluntary initiatives often have a life cycle of their own: they're born, they live, they die - and another is born somewhere else. That's the way it happens, so don't try to institutionalise something which can't be institutionalised.