The Church Commissioners provide administrative support for the
Church of England in a number of ways:
Pastoral Reorganisation and Closed Churches
Church Commissioners have a legal and advisory role in the
reorganisation of parishes and benefices. Following local
consultation and approval by the diocesan or area bishop, proposals
for reorganisation are sent to the Commissioners for
To find out more about the work of the Pastoral Reorganisation
and Closed Churches team, click here.
We are responsible
for managing the national clergy payroll on behalf of the
For more information, click here.
We manage the production of the
Crockford's clerical directory. It is the definitive guide to
Anglican clergy and churches in the UK and Ireland, featuring
27,000 biographies of clergy in the Church of England, the Church
of Ireland, the Church in Wales and the Scottish Episcopal
To find out more and to browse the directory, click here.
Libraries and Archives
We oversee the maintenance of national
Church libraries and archives. These facilities, including Lambeth
Palace Library and the Church of England Record Centre in
Bermondsey, contain documents of great importance to the heritage
of the Church.
To find out more about the Church's libraries and archives,