1. Purpose. The pastoral care council exists for the highly important purpose of exercising pastoral care towards the whole corps fellowship, such care to include praying for, visiting and training those in that fellowship. The council should periodically review and revise the relevant rolls and keep them in satisfactory condition. The fulfilment of this purpose involves responsibility for those enrolled, in that the PCC is required to:
(a) Accept recruits.
(b) Accept for soldiership converted persons who have signed the Soldier's Covenant and who fulfil the requirements of soldiership.
(c) Accept for adherency applicants who fulfil the stipulated conditions. (See Section 10 below.)
(d) Watch over all YP recruits, adherents, converts, recruits and soldiers with a view to encouraging and training them, as well as preventing falling away and loss.
(e) Remove names from rolls when necessary.
All other aspects of corps life, such as policy, programme, property and budget will be the concern of the corps council (see Orders and Regulations Governing Corps Councils).
2. Membership. Normally, membership of a PCC will not exceed 15, but for very large corps the DC may approve additional members. The PCC is comprised of:
(a) The DC, who, by virtue of office, is a member of every PCC in the division. The DC (or DHQ representative) presides at the annual PCC meeting.
(b) The officers officially appointed to the corps.
(c) The corps sergeant-major, corps secretary and recruiting sergeant (RS).
(d) Soldiers selected for their pastoral gifts and availability for the work of pastoral care. Such members may be commissioned LOs but need not be, nor need they wear uniform. Normally, no more than 50% of the selected members will be LOs. Selected members will be appointed only with the approval of the DC. Their initial term of appointment will be for three years, renewable with the permission of the DC.
3. Consultation with non-members. Where there are regular sections or other identifiable groups within the corps whose commissioned leaders are not members of the PCC, such leaders, or their assistants, may be called in to PCC meetings for consultation as necessary. The YPSM and corps youth secretary, if not members of the PCC, will frequently be consulted.
4. Orders and regulations. All members of the PCC are expected to acquaint themselves with the latest edition of these regulations, so that they can intelligently carry out their required duties.