Since 1 January 2002, the law relating to the appointment and duties of Churchwardens has been set out in the Churchwardens Measure 2001. Each parish church is required to have two churchwardens though there are some occasional exceptions to this rule.
Selection and appointment, duties, handbook and more.
The office of Churchwarden has a long history, dating back to the thirteenth century, so those undertaking this office are part of a tradition of lay ministry within the Church going back some eight centuries! Some aspects of the role date from these earliest days, although the Parochial Church Council and the Diocesan Board of Finance also now share responsibilities.
The Legal Background