Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury

Posted 17 days agoExpires in 6 days
Lambeth Palace, London
Fixed Term Full Time
This post is stipendiary with housing provided

This post gives a unique opportunity to support the Archbishop of Canterbury at a personal and official level. The members of the Archbishop’s staff at Lambeth Palace work as a small and close-knit team, supporting each other with flexibility and good humour as they respond to the intense and wide-ranging demands placed on the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Church of England is for everyone and we want to reflect the diversity of the community the Church serves across the whole country. This is a priority for Archbishop Justin. Therefore, while of course we welcome all applications from interested and suitably experienced people, we would particularly welcome applicants from UK Minority Ethnic Backgrounds and disabled people.

The Archbishop of Canterbury is looking for a new Chaplain and this is a unique and exciting opportunity to join the Archbishop’s senior leadership team at a time of immense opportunity and challenge for the Church.

The Chaplain’s primary role is to pray for, assist and support the Archbishop, taking particular responsibility for aspects of the pastoral and liturgical dimensions of his ministry and his publishing commitments. The Chaplain is also responsible for developing the Archbishop’s personal priority of prayer and the renewal of religious life.

As well as leading on the diverse and fascinating range of responsibilities, the Chaplain will play a key role in advising the Archbishop on a broad spectrum of wider issues and help to shape strategic priorities for his ministry. This is a busy and demanding role, calling for stamina and resilience. Judgement, theological thinking and highly developed interpersonal and pastoral skills are vital, and a true prayerfulness.

The Church of England is for everyone and we want to reflect the diversity of the community the Church serves across the whole country. This is a priority for Archbishop Justin, and part of a wider strategy of change across the Church of England. If you think this role might be for you, or you want to know more, do please contact us for a conversation.

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For a confidential discussion, please contact Ali Hollinbery on 01730 776 655 or

Closing date: 11:59pm Sunday 7 March 2021

This post is a limited term appointment which will cease on the date of the new Archbishop’s enthronement and is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

The Role


  • Pray regularly for the Archbishop, serve, enable, develop and ensure the flourishing of the worshiping life of Lambeth Palace in conjunction with Chemin Neuf and the Community of St Anselm.
  • In collaboration with the appropriate staff, including especially the Lambeth Palace senior staff and the Diary office, contribute to discussions to ensure a proper balance in the life of the Archbishop and the household between opus dei, study, work and rest.
  • Ensure that the Palace ethos is of hospitality, service and stability, all in the Benedictine sense, is maintained.
  • Maintain relations and liaison with Episcopal households (especially Bishops’ Chaplains and PAs), cathedrals (especially St Paul’s and Southwark), Royal Peculiars (except Westminster Abbey) and CofE/wider interest groups & organisations (Forward in Faith, Evangelical Alliance, Inclusive Church, etc.). On the basis of these relationships, working with the Chief of Staff & Strategy and Bishop at Lambeth to ensure effective communication.
  • Support and, where appropriate, extend the Archbishop’s pastoral ministry to those under his pastoral care (outside his Diocese) – i.e. the ‘Community of communities’ at Lambeth Palace – and the provision of one-to-one pastoral care), including to bishops of the Church of England and extra-Provincial dioceses of the Anglican Communion.
  • Ensure good co-ordination and communication with the Archbishop’s family.


  • Sustain, with other senior staff, arrangements for Synodical and Provincial liturgical events in which the Archbishop is involved in England (e.g. consecrations, Confirmations of Election, convocations and General Synod).
  • Oversee the use of the Lambeth Palace Chapels (to include convening the Chapel Fabric Panel) and, when necessary, develop the liturgy for services taking place in them.
  • Oversee the liturgical arrangements for all services in which the Archbishop is involved.

Theological & Administrative

  • Administering publishing requests and maintaining the Archbishop’s writing schedule, including the Archbishop’s annual Lent Book.
  • Replying to correspondence addressed to the Archbishop of a general, theological, group or personal nature.
  • Providing messages on behalf of the Archbishop to institutions and individuals in England and dealing with requests from individuals for a contribution from the Archbishop, his signature etc.
  • In collaboration with others maintain the implementation of the Archbishop’s priority of renewal of prayer and the religious life in the Church of England, supporting and overseeing, in particular, the team and members of the Community of St Anselm.
  • In collaboration with other senior colleagues, to organise and take part in gatherings of the Archbishop’s Theological Retreat Group.
  • Collaborating closely with the Director of Reconciliation and Adviser for Evangelism & Witness in order to ensure that the three priority areas of the Archbishop’s ministry are properly co-ordinated.


  • Being a member of the Archbishop’s senior leadership team, being available to advise the Archbishop and senior colleagues on all aspects of the Archbishop’s ministry.
  • Receiving guests and visitors on behalf of the Archbishop and representing him, either in the UK or overseas, as required.
  • Undertaking such additional projects or tasks in support of the Archbishop’s ministry as may, from time to time, be requested by the Archbishop or his Chief of Staff & Strategy.
  • All staff working at Lambeth Palace share responsibility to promote and maintain a strong safeguarding culture with regard to children and vulnerable adults, including identifying the key actions they should take given their role and responsibilities.

The Requirements


  • Ability to cope successfully with a physically, emotionally and spiritually demanding post.
  • Excellent team player who can work collaboratively with staff involved in other areas of the Archbishop’s ministry.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and pastoral skills.
  • Ability to think quickly, constructively and theologically on a wide range of issues.
  • Excellent judgement and ability to spot the implications of particular issues and courses of action.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Capacity for maintaining confidentiality to the highest degree.


  • Mature faith, sharing the Archbishop’s vision and priorities for his ministry.
  • Strong liturgical experience, sensitive to the different traditions found within Anglicanism and the variety in the liturgies that belong to them.
  • Proven experience of leading a team with excellent team leadership skills.
  • Knowledge of the life and structures of the Church of England.


  • Degree, or equivalent, in Theology/Religious Studies.

Personal Attributes:

  • Constructive member of the wider team, able to work creatively and collaboratively with colleagues.
  • Highly flexible and adaptable in the face of changing requirements.
  • Capable of quickly commanding the respect, confidence and attention of senior figures.
  • Sensitive and diplomatic.


  • Whilst the NCIs are committed to wellbeing and work/life balance, a willingness and availability to work outside normal office hours including weekends is required, on occasion, as well as travel within England and overseas.
  • This post carries an occupational requirement to be an ordained and licensed minister within the Church of England (in accordance with the Equality Act 2010).

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