Parish Administrators include anybody employed (either paid or unpaid) by a church in an administrative capacity. Not always called “parish administrators” (occasionally known as parish or benefice coordinators or secretaries) they perform a multitude of tasks – why not check out the word cloud downloadable on the right hand side of this page which illustrates all the different tasks parish administrators do?

‘Now you are Christ’s body, and individually parts of it.  And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, then healers, helpers, administrators, speakers in various kinds of tongues.  Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work mighty deeds? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts.’

1 Corinthians 12.27-31

Events, training and networking for administrators

Changed Lives – Serving Together in our local communities: A confernce for Churchwardens and Parish Administrators

12 October 2019, 9.30am – 1.15pm at John Wallis Academy, Millbank Road, Ashford, TN23 3HG

This conference, is an opportunity to gather for learning, prayer and sharing of the issues and challenges that unite us as we minister together with Christ. We are delighted to have Bishop Tim Thornton as our Key Note Speaker.

During the course of the morning there will be an opportunity to attend two workshops from the choices below.

  • Learning God-talk: How a simple conversation at PCC might change everything
  • Missional Learning Communities: Reshaping the church of the future – now!
  • Resourcing the frontline: Effective parish admin especially during a vacancy
  • Engaging with your local community
  • Changed Churches>Changing Lives?
  • Encouraging generosity in your church-stewardship and giving
  • Locally grown ministry- helping it grow!
  • Understanding your Vicar
  • Telling your story better
  • Reaching children and young people where they are- home, church and school
  • Staying spiritually healthy- in the midst of it all

We will round off the morning with a sandwich lunch and an opportunity to chat informally with workshop leaders and diocesan staff whilst browsing the market place.

For more information and to book a place click here.

If you have any queries or wish to register for more than one person please contact Sarah Lucas, 01227 459401 ext. 232.

Helpful Links for Parish Administrators

  • – this site is provided by the Church of England’s National Stewardship & Resources team and offers over 400 pages of resources (web & pdf) to support all aspects of stewardship, administration and management in the local church, as well as links to other sites and pages of interest.
  • – this is the website of UCAN, an ecumenical network for Parish Administrators in the UK. UCAN has over 1100 members and is run by John Truscott. The aims include to enable Administrators to network with each other, to co-ordinate specialist events, to increase professionalism, to provide an advice service and to help people know they are not alone in this vital but often understated ministry. UCAN is for everyone employed by a church in any administrative capacity. Through UCAN you can also register to receive a bi-monthly resources e-letter with policy updates and links.
  • – Christian Resources Directory: Online directory for 1,000’s of Christian products and services. Grown from the UK Christian Resources Handbook this online directory gives you access to agencies, businesses and organisations.
  • – CCPAS (The Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service) is the only independent Christian safeguarding charity.
  • – Health and Safety at work website—offers guidance, newsletters and policy update information.

Diocesan House Contacts

The officers and administrative staff who work for the Canterbury Diocese are more than happy to help with any question you might have.

To contact Diocesan House phone 01227 459401.

To find out more about who’s who and their contact details you can download the Diocesan House directory available on the right hand side of this page which lists all the staff and their contact details within frameworks as well as short descriptions of their role. Or—for a more light-hearted way of getting to know diocesan staff, you can meet a colleague.

Please let us know what else you would like to see on this page and what would be helpful. Email Sarah Lucas on