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 five main councils and a number of associated committees and departments.


  • Faith Nurture Forum - The forum was created from the former Ministries and Mission and Discipleship councils. It enables ministry and worship throughout Scotland by supporting ministers from the first stirring of a 'call' through to retirement, promoting an overall focus for mission and developing resources for congregations.
  • Faith Impact Forum - The forum was created from the former Church and Society and World Mission councils. Engaging on behalf of the church in the national, political and social issues affecting the world today, it works internationally to share the gospel, build global partnerships and encourage holistic ministry.
  • 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



  • 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 - Aiming to prevent harm or abuse where possible and ensuring that the Church makes a timely and appropriate response when harm or abuse is witnessed, suspected or reported
  • 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

Service Departments

This report provides a summary of the services and capabilities that are available from the National Office of the Church of Scotland. We are here primarily to support the local church and enable the Assembly Trustees to fulfil their overall governance, co-ordination and reporting function for the Church, which is one of the largest charitable organisations in Scotland. This Service and Capability Statement is another step towards raising awareness of the services that are available to support you.


  • 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.