Churchwardens are the bishop's lay officers in a parish. It is a volunteer role, and Churchwardens are vital to the health and wellbeing of our church communities.
The role of a Churchwarden is a statutory one, with ancient origins. The rights and responsibilities are laid down in ecclesiastical law under the Churchwardens Measure 2001.
Their first and direct responsibility is to the Bishop, usually via the Archdeacon. Together with the parish priest, they are generally responsible for the day-to-day functioning of a parish.
Today the role is very varied, but generally involves matters to do with church life, governance, buildings and worship. Churchwardens work closely with Archdeacons and their offices.
Archdeacons’ Visitation News
Each year, Ecclesiastical support Dioceses in the production of the Archdeacons’ Visitation News. This publication contains articles of particular relevance to the role of Churchwarden, to help support, guide and advise.
The latest publication can be downloaded below.