Parish vacancy process

The Archdeacons’ Guide and the Vacancy Process at a Glance, available to download at the bottom of the page, tell you about timings and requirements. There are other documents below which will help you through the process of writing and formatting your profile and organising a survey. Statistics which relate to your parish can be found through the ‘Related Pages’ links below.

The specific process used during a vacancy may vary, depending on the patron involved: your archdeacon will advise on the specifics of your vacancy.

Who to contact

For further guidance for parishes please contact your archdeacon’s office and the Parish Consultancy Officer, Caroline Bruce.

Alongside Caroline, the team has two Parish Vacancy Support Advisers, Sandra O’Shea and Lisa Face.

Resources to help you through the parish vacancy process

Vacancy Guide

Vacancy Process at a Glance

Benefice and Parish Profile Writing Guide

Benefice and Parish Profile Formatting Guide

Guidance on Writing Role Descriptions

Template Role Descriptions

Interview Guidance

Exit Interview Template

Sample Profile - Twerton

Sample Profile - Wivey and the HillsCommunity and Church Survey Template