The Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus states that "[t]he Ordinary is aided in his governance by a Governing Council with its own statutes approved by the Ordinary and confirmed by the Holy See. The Governing Council, presided over by the Ordinary, is composed of at least six priests. It exercises the functions specified in the Code of Canon Law for the Presbyteral Council and the College of Consultors, as well as those areas specified in the Complementary Norms".
Under Article 12 of the Complementary Norms issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Ordinary needs the consent of the Governing Council to admit a candidate to Holy Orders; erect or suppress a personal parish; erect or suppress a house of formation; approve a program of formation.The Ordinary also consults the Governing Council concerning the pastoral activities of the Ordinariate and the principles governing the formation of clergy.
The Governing Council has a deliberative vote when choosing a terna of names to submit to the Holy See for the appointment of the Ordinary; when proposing changes to the Complementary Norms of the Ordinariate to present to the Holy See; when formulating the Statutes of the Governing Council, the Statutes of the Pastoral Council, and the Rule for houses of formation.
The Governing Council is composed according to the Statutes of the Council. Half of the membership is elected by the priests of the Ordinariate.
Until such time as the Statutes of the Council are approved by the Holy See, the Interim Governing Council membership is as listed below. The Ordinary, though not a member of the Governing Council, presides at any meetings of the Governing Council.