At the heart of CEYC is a group of dedicated volunteers, aged 16-25, known as “Core Group”. Roles include the Chair, the Secretary, the Treasurer and three further core group members. In addition, to support their work, there are also three General Synod representatives, and a representative to the British Youth Council.
What does Core Group do?
Core Group endeavours to keep in communication online, and meet at least twice a year, and usually much more regularly at the discretion of the Chair, to discuss how the organisation might best be run in terms of policy. They organise and facilitate the CEYC meeting and event, co-ordinate action that arises from them, and handle communication with other important bodies.
As part of this, they ensure CEYC abides by the constitution and by other necessary legal and ethical frameworks, they publicise and seek to expand the number of people young people aware of and involved in the work of CEYC, and seek to steward and put to good use the budget kindly allocated by the Church of England.
Each member of Core Group has a specific responsibility for an area. The roles include: Chair, Secretary, Worship Coordinator, Communications Coordinator, Events and Blog Coordinator and Ecumenical, Interfaith and Secular Organisations (EISO) Coordinator. The EISO Coordinator is supported by a Secular Organisations Representative who attends meetings of the British Youth Council and assists the EISO. The Secular Organisations Representative is not part of the main Core Group team.
Most importantly, each member seeks to maintain CEYC’s vision to be biblically led, prayerfully led and love-centred.
What do the Synod Representatives do?
The Synod reps are enabled to go to the Church of England’s national meeting, General Synod, held 2-3 times per year, and, though they are non-voting members, they are able to discuss with others and speak in debates, thus giving a voice and influence for young people in important decisions in the Church. Their work is essential, as CEYC intends to be inclusive and give value to all viewpoints, both within and outside the Church.
What is the election process and term?
We value democracy and equality of opportunity, and thus any person who is a representative for their diocese can put themselves forward for one of the core group roles. There is no discrimination or prejudice to any member. The other reps present at full council meetings (which include not only Core Group, but those diocesan reps which are in attendance), then pass a vote by secret ballot under the single transferable vote system, a form of proportional representation, to ensure fair election. The term of elected individuals is two years.