Churchwarden & PCC

Being a Churchwarden

Churchwardens are the bishop's lay officers in a parish. It is a volunteer role, and Churchwardens are vital to the health and wellbeing of our church communities.

The role of a Churchwarden is a statutory one, with ancient origins. The rights and responsibilities are laid down in ecclesiastical law under the Churchwardens Measure 2001.

Their first and direct responsibility is to the Bishop, usually via the Archdeacon. Together with the parish priest, they are generally responsible for the day-to-day functioning of a parish.

Today the role is very varied, but generally involves matters to do with church life, governance, buildings and worship. Churchwardens work closely with Archdeacons and their offices.


Archdeacon's Charge
Each year, there is a special service to formally admit the churchwardens to this important role in each Archdeaconry. At these services, the Archdeacons' sermons are in the form of a 'charge' to the wardens.

Archdeacons' Visitations and Articles of Enquiry
The Articles of Enquiry are designed to give your PCC or DCC the opportunity to share stories with us about the life of your church and where you have seen signs of God’s Kingdom activity.

Patterns of Service during clergy vacancies
Patterns of Service during clergy vacancies and guidance for churchwardens and PCCs.

PCC Whistleblowing Policy
Download a template for a PCC Whistleblowing Policy.