Senior appointments

Archbishops' message

The selection of people to hold senior office within the Church is a process of discernment of vocation to a particular ministry. Those engaged in ascertaining whether someone is, or is not, the right person to be a Suffragan Bishop, Dean, Archdeacon or Residentiary Canon are exercising this responsibility on behalf of the wider Church. They are seeking not only competence in doing a job but are charged to recognise that God is calling someone to a specific ministry in this place and at this time. In the case of a Suffragan Bishop, this obviously involves discernment of a call to ordination as a bishop in the Church of God.

The aim of the guidelines provided for each senior appointment is to ensure that the process of discernment is underpinned by a selection framework which incorporates best practice methods and aspirations. The documents set out common national standards and, as with any such document, there may be cases where the detail of provisions might need to be varied according to local circumstances. They are designed to make recruitment as transparent, fair and consistent as possible as well as open to the Holy Spirit. The structure they provide should assist all involved in appointments in making more informed decisions. Candidates who are being considered for senior office are engaged in the deeply personal experience of examining their own calling whilst having it tested by the Church. It is hoped that these guidelines will also provide the support and clarity they need.

These guidelines replace the Senior Church Appointments Code of Practice (GS Misc 455, 1995). They are based on the report Talent and Calling (GS1650, 2007), which recommended that:

'The Church adopts an integrated and consistent method for making of appointments to senior ecclesiastical office and that all appointments are transparent and encourage the confidence of the Church in the procedures'.

The recommendations of Talent and Calling were endorsed by the General Synod, and these guidelines give effect to them.

We hope you will find the guidelines beneficial and practical to use. The House of Bishops will continue to keep these processes under review.

The arrangements for Senior Appointments within the Diocese in Europe are regulated by the Constitution of the Diocese in Europe.

++ Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury      ++ Sentamu, Archbishop of York

 

Diocesan Bishops

 

 
Forthcoming Vacant Sees

Nomination and appointment process

The nomination and appointment of a Diocesan Bishop is through the Crown Nominations Commission. They meet at least twice per Vacancy in See.

The process for choosing a Diocesan Bishop begins in the diocese; however, because of the variety of the roles which diocesan bishops have - not only within the Church of England but also locally and nationally - the choice is not made by representatives of the diocese alone.

Diocesan representatives work alongside representatives of the Church of England as a whole, under the presidence of the Archbishops. The Sovereign (advised by the Prime Minister) makes the final appointment to the vacant see.

Full nomination process for Diocesan Bishops: Briefing for the Vacancy in See Committee

Resources

GS Misc 1044 (Revised)

Archbishops' Guidelines on the Implementation of 'Choosing Bishops - the Equality Act 2010 (revised)' GS Misc 1044 Choosing Bishops - The Equality Act

 

Suffragan Bishops

Forthcoming vacant sees

  • Ripon
  • Lancaster
  • Tonbrige

Nomination and appointment process

The nomination and appointment of Suffragan Bishops is made through the Diocesan Bishop, supported by a Bishop's Advisory Group. Further information on the processes involved in nominating and appointing Suffragan Bishops are below.

Resources

Nomination Process for Suffragan Bishops

Overview of Appointments of Suffragan Bishops
 

Templates

Vacancy in See Press Announcement

Role Specification

Shortlisting Matrix

 

Deans

Upcoming vacancies

  • Dean of Salisbury
  • Dean of Chester
  • Dean of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich
  • Dean of Wakefield

Nomination and appointment process

The nomination of a Dean to either a Crown or Parish Church Cathedral is made by a panel convened for this purpose. The panel is led by a Chair, nominated by the Archbishop of the Province.

Note to applicants

  • Guidance notes for completing application forms
  • If you would like to find out any more about a role or the application process, please contact Caroline Boddington on 020 7898 1876.
  • Completed application forms and Fostering Diversity forms should be emailed in Word (or similar) format to [email protected]
  • The name of the vacancy you are applying for should be noted in the subject heading of the email.
  • We are unable to accept applications after the closing date shown for each post.
 

Archdeacons and Residentiary Canons

Archdeacons

Nominations and appointments of Archdeacons are specific to each diocese, though the decision of who is appointed rests with the Diocesan Bishop. It is recommended practice for an Advisory Group to be appointed to work in confidence with the Bishop throughout the appointment process.

Resources

Overview of Appointment Process for Archdeacons

Appointment Process for Archdeacons

Statutory Duties of an Archdeacon

 

Residentiary Canons

Nominations and appointments of Residentiary Canons are specific to each diocese, and are either appointed by the Diocesan Bishop when the Bishop is the cathedral patron; or by the Crown when the Crown is the cathedral patron. It is recommended practice for an Advisory Group to be appointed to work in confidence with the Bishop and the Cathedral Dean throughout the appointment process.

Resources

Overview of Appointment Process for Residentiary Canons

Appointment Process for Residentiary Canons

 

Templates for appointing Archdeacons & Residentiary Canons

Role Specification

Shortlisting Matrix

Application Form

Fostering Diversity