Parishes approach a forthcoming vacancy with a range of emotions. There can be sadness at the departure of your incumbent; there is often trepidation about what the future holds; there can be concerns over the number of tasks that parishes need to do.
Yet the time of vacancy can also be an opportunity for parishes. A time to review a parish’s mission and purpose, strengths and weaknesses, role and vision. Above all it’s a time to discern God’s will for the parish.
The vacancy process can seem complex, daunting and frustrating. We hope that our guidance – and the additional support you can get from the Archdeacons and St James’ House staff - will enable your parish to thrive and discern the will of God during this time.
To make it easier to understand the process and your role in it we’ve created seven steps. This guide gives an overview of each step with what you need to do.
Your Guide to the Vacancy Process