The Open Episcopal Church

The Communion of the Open Episcopal Church in the Province of the United Kingdom and Ireland

A member of the International Council of Community Churches & the World Council of Churches


The Communion of the Open Episcopal Church is organised into a traditional provincial, diocesan and parochial structure, although a parish encompasses the ministry of a particular priest and is not geographical. The head of the Communion is the Presiding Archbishop and no new provinces of the Communion of the Open Episcopal Church can be declared without the agreement of the Presiding Archbishop and the Archbishop's Council.

There is at present only the one Province of Great Britain, otherwise known as the Province of the United Kingdom. The head of the Province is the Archbishop who governs within an Archbishop's Council, which consists of all the provincial diocesan bishops and at which all the major decisions are taken. No provincial diocese or parish can exist and no new bishop can be consecrated without the authority of the Archbishop's Council. Decisions are made democratically. No decision has been taken that has not gained an 80% majority vote in Council.

All Bishops and all priests and deacons pledge to be subject to the Canons of the Church. Any cleric who breaks their pledge relinquishes their good standing with the church and loses their provincial licence to minister in the name of the church.

If you have concerns whether a bishop, priest, deacon, diocese or parish is a bona fide member or part of our Church and authorised for their ministry by the Church, please ring 020 8304 7605 or contact the Archbishop

This is the only church web site authorised by the Archbishop's Council for the Open Episcopal Church - the Province of the United Kingdom.

Each diocese is headed by a bishop who has executive control in the day to day running of that diocese, subject to the Archbishop's Council. The bishop chairs a Diocesan Council which plans long term strategy and mission. Decisions are made democratically

Each parish is headed by a priest who has executive control in the day to day running of the parish, subject to the Archbishop's Council.

All the decision making of the church is democratic and the Archbishop, bishops, priests and deacons of the church are answerable and accountable to each other. Any cleric, even the Archbishop can be removed from office should they lose the confidence of the church. There are over 29,000 people who make up the church membership. The Church is growing and applications for ordination are at their highest.

Child Protection & Vulnerable Adults

Child Protection Policy

Vulnerable Adults Protection Policy


Vocational Discernment

Training for Open Episcopal Church Ordinands


Code of Practice