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
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 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.
Social Impact Investment Programme
In 2020, the Archbishops Council set up a Social Impact Investment programme, funded by the Church Commissioners, to deploy social investment capital to advance the Church’s missional objectives. The programme is designed to support projects which share the Church of England’s Christian values and benefit society.
Through this programme, the Church of England is making £16 million available for a social impact portfolio, which will seek investments targeting deep positive impact. The project is managed by, and works closely with, the Mission and Public Affairs division.
The portfolio will focus on investments that strengthen communities, particularly through access to housing and access to affordable finance, as well as investments that focus on protecting and sustaining the environment. The portfolio will be invested primarily through investment funds and similar investment vehicles, targeting investments with a geographic focus in England.
The programme has been designed to complement the Five Marks of Mission and to complement the work of the Archbishops’ Council, set up to co-ordinate and further the work and mission of the Church of England both on a local and national level.
The programme will align with the wider Ethical and Responsible Investment policies and guidelines of the Church’s Ethical Investment Advisory Group.
An Investment Committee has oversight of the social investment programme and the programme is managed by the Head of Social Impact Investment.
The work of the Archbishops’ Council is governed by the Council itself, a board of trustees comprising:
The Most Rev and Rt Hon Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
The Most Rev and Rt Hon Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York
Prolocutor of the Lower House of the Convocation of Canterbury
The Rev Canon Simon Butler
Prolocutor of the Lower House of the Convocation of York
The Rev Chris Newlands
Chair of the House of Laity
Canon Dr Jamie Harrison
Vice-Chair of the House of Laity
Canon Elizabeth Paver
Elected by the House of Bishops
The Rt Rev Martin Seeley, Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
The Rt Rev Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham
Elected by the House of Clergy
The Rev Dr Ian Paul
The Rev Tim Goode
Elected by the House of Laity
Dr Rachel Jepson
Mr James Cary
Church Estates Commissioner
Loretta Minghella, First Church Estates Commissioner
Appointed by the Archbishops
Mr John Spence
Mrs Maureen Cole
Mr Mark Sheard
Mr Matthew Frost
The Rev Charlotte Cook
Mr Joseph Diwakar
Here is a guide to the departments, committees, councils and staff who work together to support the Archbishops’ Council’s Objectives.
Evangelism and Discipleship
Director: Dave Male
Renewal and Reform
Director: Debbie Clinton
Setting God's People Free
Programme Director: Dr Nick Shepherd
Including the General Synod, Bishops’ meetings, governance meetings of the Archbishops’ Council, Safeguarding, Liturgical Commission, Dioceses Commission and the Council for Christian Unity
Director: Dr Jacqui Philips
Mission and Public Affairs
Including the Mission and Public Affairs Council, Healthcare Chaplaincy and the Committee for Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns
Director: The Rev Dr Malcolm Brown
Cathedral & Church Buildings
Including the Church Buildings Council and the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England
Director: Becky Clark
Including the National Society and the Foundation
Director: The Rev Nigel Genders
Including the Ministry Council and the Church of England Ministry Experience Scheme
Director: The Rt Rev Chris Goldsmith
Including the Remuneration and Common Services Committee and the Council for Ministry of and among Deaf and Disabled People
Director of People and Change: Christine Hewitt-Dyer
Including the General Synod
Director: Alexander McGregor
Including Church House Publishing and the Digital Team
Director: Mark Arena