Being a Churchwarden

Being a Churchwarden

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.

 Printable Version
Swearing In of Churchwardens 2022
The Office of Churchwarden is an annual office and it is a legal requirement for all churchwardens to be sworn in every year by the Diocesan Registrar or Archdeacon.
Open Swearing In of Churchwardens 2022

Selection and appointment of Churchwardens
Information on the appointment and selection of Churchwardens
Open Selection and appointment of Churchwardens

Requirements and key functions of a Churchwarden
An overview of the key requirements and functions of a churchwarden.
Open Requirements and key functions of a Churchwarden

Safeguarding Responsibilities of Churchwardens
This page highlights the key safeguarding responsibilities of Churchwardens as identified in the Church of England guidance report "Key Roles and Responsibilities of Church Office Holders and Bodies Practice Guidance".
Open Safeguarding Responsibilities of Churchwardens

Further resources and support for Churchwardens
There are lots of online resources to help you in your role as a Churchwarden, this page links to some of the main sites.
Open Further resources and support for Churchwardens

Articles of Enquiry
Each year, Churchwardens are asked by the Archdeacons' Office to complete the annual Articles of Enquiry. This page contains the information needed to help you do this.
Open Articles of Enquiry

Institution and Licensing Services
Diocesan templates for Licensing or Institution services.
Open Institution and Licensing Services

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