Residentiary Canon and Steward at St Paul’s Cathedral

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St Paul's Churchyard
Office Holder

The Crown and the Bishop of London are seeking to appoint a compassionate and practical priest to the new post of Canon Steward at St Paul’s Cathedral, developing the previous Treasurer and Pastor roles to bring together care for people and resources.

As a member of Chapter, you will be fully involved in the spiritual life, outreach, governance and management of the Cathedral. You will be committed to good stewardship of people and resources, inter-culturally skilled and strategically creative.

St Paul’s has an exciting mission and ministry full of opportunities and challenges which touches the lives of over a million people a year – including visitors, worshippers, young people, and those who follow us online around the world. As a Residentiary Canon, you will be fully involved in the mission, work and ministry of the Cathedral, with a calling to inspire and encourage others with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

You will be:

  • Supportive of the cathedral tradition of worship and committed to its opportunities for mission: some prior experience of this will be an advantage. You will have experience of delivering a wide range of liturgy and evidence of your ability to preach creatively in ways that connect with and reflect theologically on, the experience of those inside and outside the church.
  • An authentic Christian leader who is spiritually and emotionally intelligent and resilient, able to self-manage spiritual and emotional life in a challenging context, with a deeply rooted prayer life. You will have evidence of the ability to learn and be flexible, and able to listen constructively to others.
  • Committed to good stewardship and sustainability of people and resources, including promoting spiritual and mental wellbeing. You will have good experience of team membership as well as leadership and will show evidence of ability to enable others to make the best use of resources in a complex organisation, be sensitive and robust in negotiating complex issues and have relevant governance experience.
  • Inter-culturally skilled: you will have lived experience of ministry and communication in a culturally and ethnically diverse context, able to relate to the variety of local and national communities St Paul’s serves. You will be committed to including the breadth of Anglicanism lived out across the Diocese of London and provide a welcome to those from other faiths and those with no faith.
  • Strategically creative, having vision and imagination and the ability to take the initiative whilst being able to engage with detail. You will have experience of holding together vision and mission with management and practical team leadership.

St Paul’s Cathedral is a vibrant place of worship and mission, a national treasure and a London icon. St Paul’s draws together in its ministry and daily life a range of activities and aspirations. Amongst other roles, it is the Cathedral of the Diocese of London and the seat of its Bishop, a national and international spiritual focus, a space for worship and holiness, a place of debate and challenge, an icon of resilience in the face of adversity, an architectural heritage centre, a partner in the City of London, a visitor attraction, and a commercial enterprise. As a Christian church, St Paul’s seeks to preach and share the Gospel, yet is also ‘owned’ by many who would profess no Christian faith.

A webinar was held on 24.01.2022 when the role was presented and discussed in further detail. If you would like to view the recorded webinar, please email