A vacancy in a parish or benefice is the period between one incumbent or Priest-in-Charge leaving, and there being no ordained or licenced person attached to the parish as minister in charge, and the appointment to the parish of a successor1 (although a curate or other clergy person may be attached to the benefice).
A parish may be in vacancy for a few months, or it can extend to a year or more. It is the responsibility of the Churchwardens and the Area Dean to ascertain the needs of the parish during vacancy and maintain the life, worship, and mission of the parish during a vacancy.

For general information on managing a vacancy in a benefice, please visit the governance section of the website.

Below is a comprehensive guide on the appointment process of a new incumbent, along with supporting documents.

Guide on the appoinment process:

Supporting documents: