Councils, committees and departments

The Church of Scotland's day-to-day policy making and practical decision making at local, national and international level are organised into six main councils and a number of associated committees and departments.

Councils

  • Council of Assembly - Setting priorities among the councils and committees, and taking necessary administrative decisions between General Assemblies
  • Church and Society - Engaging in the national, political and social issues affecting Scotland and the world today
  • Ministries Council - Supporting a variety of ministries for the Church, from the first stirring of a 'call' through to retirement
  • Mission and Discipleship - Promoting an overall focus for mission and developing resources for congregations
  • Social Care (known as CrossReach) - Offering services in Christ's name and specialist resources to further the caring work of the Church to people in need. CrossReach also has its own website at www.crossreach.org.uk
  • World Mission - Working internationally to share the gospel, support theological education and encourage holistic ministry

Committees

Departments

  • Communications - Liaises with the media and responsible for design services and the website
  • Central Properties - Provides a professional property, facilities and health and safety service
  • Law - Acting in legal matters for the organisation and all of its courts, councils, and committees
  • IT - Provides computer facilities to councils and departments within the Church Offices at 121 George Street in Edinburgh
  • Human Resources - Managing recruitment, employment conditions and learning and continuing development
  • Facilities Management - Responsible for the day-to-day running of the Church Offices at 121 George Street in Edinburgh
  • Safeguarding Service - Providing child protection training and assisting those who work in outreach with children
  • General Trustees - Holding properties and investments for the Church
  • Housing and Loan Fund - Helping ministers, their widows, widowers, separated or divorced spouses with housing needs in retirement
  • Stewardship and Finance - Promoting and encouraging Christian stewardship by providing programmes and training for congregations
  • Church of Scotland Trust - Holding properties outwith Scotland and acting as trustee in third party trusts
  • Investors Trust - Offering Church groups a medium for the investment of their funds
  • Pension Trustees - Responsible for the investment of all the Church pension schemes

Other

  • The Guild - Scotland's largest voluntary Christian group, supporting Scottish and international projects

Appointment to councils and committees

The Nomination Committee identifies individuals with the necessary skills and experience who are then recommended for appointment by the General Assembly. Information on the process and what is expected from members is included on the Nomination Committee's page.