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

Prayer for the Day

Almighty God,
you have made us for yourself,
and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you:
pour your love into our hearts and draw us to yourself,
and so bring us at last to your heavenly city
where we shall see you face to face;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

The Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity
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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, and is debated by the General Synod each year.

Archbishops' Council Members