Archdeacons Support and Training

National Archdeacons' Forum


The Forum was founded in the early 1990s to offer support, training and development for archdeacons in the Church of England and the Church in Wales, including the deans of the Channel Islands and the archdeacons of HM Forces. The Forum also keeps in touch with Church of Scotland Presbytery Clerks on matters of common concern.

The Forum consists of representatives from each of the archdeacons' regional meetings and, over the years, has developed a provision both for new archdeacons, and for the continuing development of those who are archdeacons.  In particular, it arranges a National Archdeacons' Conference every two years, and a New Archdeacons' Conference every nine months.  It also offers other training events and support as necessary.

Chair of the Forum: The Very Revd Tim Barker, Dean of Guernsey

Archdeacons' National Executive Officer: Revd Canon Norman Boakes             023 8076 7735

National Archdeacons' Forum Administrator: Jackie Freestone
020 7898 1407


for all archdeacons

Archdeacons' News - the latest copies are available in Resources on the right of the page

The MDR of Archdeacons - a template for the ministerial development review of archdeacons is also available under Resources on the right

Sustaining Leaders in Mission and Change, a report on the continuing ministerial development of archdeacons produced by OXCEPT in December 2011 - available under Resources on the right

The Legal Duties of Archdeacons - issued by the Legal Office, is available under Resources

The National Development Plan for Archdeacons - describing the aims and processes for training and development of archdeacons, also available under Resources


for new archdeacons


Helpful information for new archdeacons is available as the booklet So you're going to be an archdeacon… - see under Resources on the right

Guidelines for the Diocesan Induction of a new Archdeacon - available in Resources


also, guidance on the Appointments Process for Archdeacons may be found under Resources