About Priority Areas

The Priority Areas Committee is one of the four main areas of the Ministries Council. It is responsible for the support, development and coordination of the Church's work within its poorest 56 communities.

Our mandate

'priority for the poorest and the most marginalised is the gospel imperative facing the whole Church, not just the Church in the poorest places'

Our vision

'a reinvigorated and sustainable worshipping people and community life in all 56 priority area parishes'

Our core principles

  • Priority must mean priority  
  • Accountability to the local  
  • Partnership is the only way  
  • Priority areas are good places to be  

Our strategy

  • Engaging with Wider Church & Society  
  • Developing New Models of Church Life
  • Supporting New Models of Community Life

Our priorities

  • We need to sort out the problem of buildings
  • Our structures and processes need to be simplified
  • We want to take our work right to the margins
  • Worship must be at the heart of what we do
  • We want to tackle causes not just symptoms
  • We need to be intentional about supporting leaders
  • The time is right to extend our support

Priority area parishes

Download a list of priority area parishes here. View our supplementary parishes list.

Priority Areas Annual Report 2013

Read our Annual Report reviewing the work in Priority Areas in 2013

Priority Areas action plan 2010 to 2017

Read our Action Plan for the work of priority areas over the next seven years here.

Contact us

To find out more about our work, please email us at or contact us at:

Church of Scotland Ministries Council, Glasgow offices, 759a Argyle Street, Glasgow G3 8DS, Telephone: 0141 248 2905.

Meet the Priority Areas Team.