The Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches (the DAC) has an important statutory role, as described below. However all members of the DAC are keen for parishes to see the committee, above all, as an enabling partner in God’s mission with parishes and people across the diocese.
The DAC is a body set up under the Care of Churches and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1991. Its main functions are to give advice on the architecture, archaeology, art and history of places of worship to the Diocesan Chancellor, the archdeacons and the parishes. As the first stage of the faculty jurisdiction, the DAC considers faculty applications and advises the Chancellor whether or not a faculty should be granted.
The work of the DAC includes giving advice to churchwardens, parishes and clergy who are planning work to their churches. This advice is given on a voluntary basis by members of the Committee, who have between them knowledge of the history, development and use of church buildings; liturgy and worship of the Church of England; architecture, archaeology, art and history; and experience in the care of historic buildings and their contents. The DAC members are supported by a team of consultants and specialist advisers.
The DAC is able to provide advice and support to parishes at all stages of projects, from initial thoughts, through fundraising and making a faculty application, to completion. The DAC encourages parishes to be in touch as soon as possible when any work is being considered: we are always pleased to hear from you.