Archdeacon of Canterbury

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The Archdeacon of Canterbury will be joining the Bishop of Dover and her Senior Staff Team in serving the people and parishes of mid and east Kent in a time of change for the Church and wider society. It is a demanding and challenging role which can also be very rewarding as we work closely with the local church to shape mission and ministry that can be effective today and fulfil our diocesan aim, Changed Lives → Changing Lives.

The Archdeacon of Canterbury will be someone who is collegial and imaginative, who can enable churches to explore what could be possible; pastoral in support of clergy, churchwardens and others who minister; and also able to be sensitive and missional in the statutory duties of an archdeacon which range from inducting clergy, through faculty matters to helping to resolve conflict.

As the Archdeacon of Canterbury is also a Residentiary Canon of Canterbury Cathedral, they also have a valued ministry in the mother church of the Anglican Communion and the support of the particular rhythm of prayer that the Cathedral offers (see pages 4, 6 and 9 of the Role Description).

Closing Date: 6 January 2022

Interviews: 2 and 3 February 2022

For any queries, or for an informal conversation, please contact the Ven Darren Miller, Archdeacon of Ashford -

The Archdeacon of Canterbury will be someone who...

  • Is rooted in disciplines of prayer, study of the scriptures, theological reflection and engagement with society
  • Has a demonstrably stable home life, and good networks of personal support and friendship
  • Is passionate for the gospel and for its potential to transform both individuals and communities
  • Has the capacity to inspire people and share vision
  • Has experience and proven capacity in developing strategic approaches to mission and engagement with communities
  • Can work in an organised way under pressure
  • Is committed to fostering the gifts and ministries of all God’s people, and is known to be an encourager of the gifts of others
  • Is a loyal colleague and works well within a team setting, whether as leader or member
  • Rejoices in the richness of humanity, and relates well to people of different outlooks and backgrounds (theological and other)
  • Treasures the calling of the Church of England without being uncritical of it
  • Has a personal and spiritual resilience to be strong in times of conflict
  • Is a priest in holy orders for a minimum of six years (Canon C22)
  • Has the right to work in the UK

Founded in 597 by St Augustine, Canterbury Diocese is the oldest diocese in England and has a special place in the life of the national and worldwide Church. With its iconic Cathedral it forms a focal point for the life of the whole Anglican Communion, offering a spiritual home and place of pilgrimage for people from every nation and walk of life.

Kent is renowned as the ‘Garden of England’ and this rural heart is core to our identity – yet the communities we serve are very diverse. Our Diocese stretches from Maidstone to Thanet, from the Isle of Sheppey to the Romney Marsh. We have 350 miles of coastline with historic ports and seaside resorts, alongside rural communities, market towns and commuter-belt urban developments. Affluent areas often sit alongside pockets of major deprivation, offering an exciting and challenging mission context.

The Canterbury Archdeaconry consists of five contrasting deaneries: Canterbury is mainly urban and centred on the city, East and West Bridge deaneries are largely rural while Reculver and Thanet are coastal deaneries with villages and seaside towns.

Our Diocesan Vision

Changed Lives, Changing Lives

By God’s grace we want to be a people who are...

…confident & creative disciples of Jesus Christ

...rooted in scripture & drenched in prayer

…living gratefully, giving generously, caring for creation & sharing the gospel

...growing in number & expectations – of God & ourselves

...motivated by justice & love, open to the Spirit & ready for adventure!

Therefore we will …

'Therefore we will...' is a recognition that words without actions are empty. It is a commitment to taking real steps now to make this vision a reality soon. The current actions that flow from this vision - both at a diocesan level and in our deaneries - are outlined in detail over the rest of this document. Of course, these actions will change and develop over time - and we would encourage our parishes to consider this vision carefully for themselves, to explore together what actions they will commit to take, what their local 'Therefore we will...' might look like.