Churchwardens, when admitted, are the Bishop’s lay officers responsible directly to him for the life and work of the church in the parish. Responsibilities laid upon them from time to time by the Bishop, or by the Archdeacon and the Area Dean, include ensuring the maintenance of the building, arranging for services to be taken in an interregnum and acting as ex-officio members of the PCC.

The appointment of Churchwardens is governed by the “Churchwardens Measure 2001”.

Please browse the links on the right hand side of this page to find documents designed to help and support churchwardens. There is a new Churchwarden Handbook coming soon to replace these documents.

Training, Events and Visitations for Churchwardens

Training for all Churchwardens

Churchwarden Conferences: Changed Lives -> Changing Lives

These autumn churchwardens’ conferences aim to open up stimulating discussions concerning mission and ministry topics that are relevant to your role as churchwarden.  The conference theme ‘Changed Lives -> Changing Lives is at the heart of the new Diocesan Strategy for renewal and during the course of the morning there will be opportunities to consider and discuss matters raised by the strategy and how they may play out in your own church context.

During the course of each conference you will be able to attend two workshops (from a choice of five).  For workshop descriptions and to book a place please click on the link for the workshop you would like to attend.

  • 9th September, Ashford Archdeaconry, Christ Church Academy, Dover – postponed until spring 2018, due to low number of bookings
  • 7th October, Maidstone Archdeaconry, Lenham School, Lenham, book here
  • 14th October, Canterbury Archdeaconry, St Georges School Broadstairs, book here

Please email Holly Adams on for any other information relating to Churchwarden training.


Archdeacon Visitations for 2017 took place in Canterbury, Benenden and Sheppey during May. Details of next year’s Visitations will be publicised on this page in early 2018 as well as in the Visitation News which is publicised each Spring for churchwardens.

Training for new churchwardens takes place annually by archdeaconry.