The Church Commissioners provide administrative support for the Church of England in a number of ways:

Pastoral Reorganisation and Closed Churches

Admin -pastoralclosedchurchesThe 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 validation.

To find out more about the work of the Pastoral Reorganisation and Closed Churches team, click here.

Clergy Payroll

Admin -payrollWe are responsible for managing the national clergy payroll on behalf of the Church.

For more information, click here.


Admin -crockfordsWe 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 Church.

To find out more and to browse the directory, click here.

Libraries and Archives

Admin -librariesWe 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, click here.

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