The vision of the Diocese of Guildford is that of a Transforming Church, Transforming Lives. It’s the greatest joy to see individuals and church communities growing in faith, hope and love across the diocese; and an equal joy to see the wider community touched and blessed through the witness of Christian people. Never has this been more important than during the Covid crisis, in which many of the churches have been hugely involved in reaching out to the most vulnerable in their communities with creativity, compassion and flair.
Parish Needs Process (25% of time):
Consultancy services & Specialism Leadership (50% of time):
The Church in the Community
The Diocese has two archdeaconries, each with six deaneries, and a total of 162 parishes. There are very few multi-parish benefices with just one stipendiary priest.
A great deal of the work of the church is done at a local level by the parishes. The diocesan teams support and encourage the work of the parishes, and work with wider networks to the mutual benefit of the church and society at local, regional, and national levels.
The Diocese includes churches representing all shades of Anglicanism. All traditions play their full part in the life of the diocese, and broadly speaking there is an encouraging absence of tribalism.
We are fortunate to have some 300 licensed clergy. Nearly two thirds of these are stipendiary, of whom over 90% are full-time. About a third of all licensed clergy are women, including our Suffragan Bishop and the Dean of the Cathedral, with a higher proportion amongst Self Supporting Ministers. There is a significant number of clergy couples, ministering in various ways.