A patron is a person or body who has the right to present a clergyman to a benefice in the Church of England. The rights of presentation, which are strictly speaking a piece of property, are called the advowson.
The patronage work of Church Society Trust is explained more fully on the Trust pages of this site.
Safeguarding the Parish - The appointment system following a vacancy. Cross†Way article by Michael Walters, Chairman of Church Society Trust explaining what parishes should do when there is a vacancy.
What is wrong with the way appointments are handled in the Church of England today? Cross†Way article from 2002.
Defending the local church - a case study showing the problems which churches face and how Church Society Trust seeks to defend the local church. Cross†Way article from 2002
Are you a Patron?
Church Society Trust has long experience of appointing clergy and an extensive network of contacts. We are deeply concerned for the priority of a local church and to ensure that teaching and pastoral ministry in the church is faithful to our received heritage. If you are a patron and feel that this work may be better carried out by others, or has become difficult to sustain, then the Trust is more than willing to receive Rights of Patronage. For a private patron, such rights can be handed over fairly easily. Where patronage rights rest with an incumbent they can only be handed over with the approval of the Diocesan bishop. If you would like to pursue the transfer of a patronage, please contact us: