Permission to Officiate

Clergy who do not have a Bishops licence can have an active and rewarding ministry by holding the Bishops Permission to Officiate. This enables clergy to offer their gifts and skills in a way that suits their availability and interests.

As well as being personally rewarding, ministry with Permission to Officiate is a significant contribution to the ministry of parishes throughout the Diocese, without which many churches would not be able to offer the ministry they do now.

If you wish to apply for Permission to Officiate for the first time, or renew the one you currently hold, you can find information in the booklet which can be downloaded from this page, and an application form. If you have any questions about Permission to Officiate, please contact your Area Dean, Archdeacon, or the Bishops Chaplain. If you would like a hard copy of the booklet and application form sending out to you, please contact Kathryn Beale at Bishops House:

Download the application form for Permission to Officiate (July 2022) here - PDF version

Download the application form for Permission to Officiate (July 2022) here - Word version

Download the Permission to Officiate Guidance (October 2019) here

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