Archbishops' Council

The Archbishops’ Council was established in 1999. The Council is a charity, set up in law to co-ordinate, promote, aid and further the work and mission of the Church of England. It does this by providing national support to the Church in dioceses and locally, working closely with the House of Bishops and other bodies of the Church. The Archbishops’ Council is one of the seven National Church Institutions.

Our objectives

The Archbishops’ Council has nine objectives.


To bring more of the people of England to the faith of Christ through the Church of England


To strengthen the Christian faith and life of all who worship God in the Church of England


To ensure there are sufficient ordained and lay ministers of the required gifts and qualities who are effectively deployed to enable the Church of England to fulfil its mission, and to support those ministers in their calling, development, ministry and retirement

Common good

To contribute to transforming our society and communities more closely to reflect the Kingdom of God through loving acts of neighbourliness and service to all


To promote high-quality Christian education in Church of England schools and voluntary education settings, and through our Church contribution to other schools, colleges, further and higher education institutions

Resources for the Church

To help dioceses and cathedrals to be most effective in their mission, by providing cost-effective national and specialist services and advice


To ensure all children and vulnerable adults are safe in the Church


To operate the national governance arrangements of the Church of England as cost-effectively as possible in pursuit of the Church's mission

A Church for all people

To be a Church that can provide a home for all people in England

The Archbishops' Council Objectives for 2017-2020

Our work

The Council and its staff achieve these objectives in a number of ways. Our work can either be indirect or direct and largely falls under seven types of activity:

  • Legislate, regulate and deregulate matters (directly or through General Synod)
  • Distribute money
  • Provide national services to dioceses, parishes, cathedrals, schools etc.
  • Provide consultancy services
  • Campaign and engage publicly
  • Enable the Church to govern itself
  • Engage people directly, especially through digital means

The work of the Council over the past year is described in more detail in its annual report which includes a list of grants to dioceses and other institutions awarded by the Council, and is debated by the General Synod each year.

Archbishops' Council Members

Prayer for the Day

Tuesday, 3 August 2021

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

A Prayer from St Patrick's Breastplate
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