The College Council is an important constituent part of how Spurgeon’s College discerns the mind of Christ regarding the way Christian ministers and other leaders are trained.  The Council informs decision making by the Board of Governors and in turn is given an inside view of the issues facing the College, so is well informed about the work of the College.  That enables Council members to use their channels of communication to share important news with others.

The Governors as Trustees have the legal authority conferred by the Charities Act for the governance of the College, so the Council is not a directing or policy setting body.  However, Governors are pledged by Memorandum of Understanding to listen carefully to the views of the Council and will generally seek to align policies with the known wishes of Council members.

Member Role

The role of a Council member includes these elements:

Member Profile

Council members are appointed from a variety of sources in accordance with the Articles of Association. The success of the College Council depends on appropriate people being appointed and participating actively in their role. Naturally any profile is a statement of the ideal, but as far as possible members will be: