Living God's Love Values - Generosity, Joy, Imagination and Courage
Living God's Love Values - Generosity, Joy, Imagination and Courage

Vacancy Procedure

A Vacancy occurs following the resignation or retirement of the priest.

In the Vacancy the Churchwardens are legally in charge of the parish and act on behalf of the Bishop in looking after the interests of the parish. If you have any questions, the Rural Dean, the Archdeacon and the Diocesan Secretary will be pleased to assist.

The document below explains the Vacancy Procedure for the Diocese of St Albans in full:

Section A: General and preparatory
Section B: Formal procedures: also for the PCC Secretary
Section C: Payment of expenses incurred during the vacancy: also for the PCC Treasurer
Section D: The parsonage house
Section E: The new appointment

Click here to download a guide to help parishes in vacancy attract a wider number of applicants when writing job adverts, parish profiles and role descriptions.

Download the Vision Statement (for use on parish profiles)



Living God’s Love is the vision of the parishes, church schools and chaplaincies across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Luton and Barnet. This Vision is grounded in our love of God and love of neighbour flowing from God’s love for us. Its three priorities are:

  • going deeper into God
  • transforming communities
  • making new disciples

Using Mission Action Planning we are developing confident and outward looking mission and evangelism, leading to spiritual and numerical growth.


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  • Going Deeper into God
  • Making New Disciples
  • Transforming Communities