Help us find a new bishop


With our current Bishop, the Rt Rev James Langstaff, retiring in July 2021, our search to find the next Bishop of Rochester has begun.

How you can get involved

We want to know what matters to you, your church, and your local area, as this will help us identify the qualities needed in the next Bishop and the issues and concerns that should be their top priority.

What are the challenges and opportunities that are facing the people, churches and communities across the areas of Medway, north and west Kent, and the London Boroughs of Bromley and Bexley that the Diocese covers?

We have a number of ways that you can get involved including surveys and activities - sorry our surveys are now closed.

**Online public meeting: We are holding an online public meet on Thursday 15 July at 7.30pm. For more details and to register, click here **

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If you prefer, you can also share your views by emailing:

Please pray

The role of Bishop of Rochester is an important one. Please pray for this process, as we listen to God's will and identify our next Bishop.

Father Eternal
Enlighten the minds of your faithful people
as we discern your will for a new Bishop of Rochester;
Give us ears listening to your promptings,
hearts open to the needs of our communities,
and spirits that seek the flourishing of your whole church.
Guide by your Holy Spirit those involved in this process;
and may we all continue to respond to the call to build your Kingdom
We ask this through him who is our king and our friend,
your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.


What does a bishop do? 

The ministry of bishops – also known as episcopal ministry - is about caring for all God’s people and leading them in the task of presenting the Christian faith in the world.

Watch this short film to find out more about what a bishop does and why this process matters.


More about the process of finding a bishop

When a diocesan bishop leaves their role in the Church of England, the mechanism used to find and appoint the next bishop is called the Vacancy in See process.

This process is managed and overseen by a group of elected members of clergy and lay people from across the area of the Diocese.

The Rev Canon Mark Barker, Vicar of St Stephen's, Tonbridge is Chair of the Committe, Sarah Poole of Christ Church, Beckenham is Vice Chair, and Matthew Girt, Diocesan Secretary is the Committee Secretary.

To find out who else is part of our Vacancy in See Committee, click here

The Vacancy in See Committee has a number of important things it needs to do. They are:

  • Engage with as wide a group of people as possible to help identify the qualities required in the next bishop,
  • Listen to what has been said; and then,
  • Prepare a Statement of Needs to help those drawn by God to the post, to understand more about the Diocese and its needs.

The Vacancy in See Committee also works with a group called the Crown Nominations Commission.

This is the national body that submits the name of the person they believe God is calling to be the next Bishop to the Prime Minister.  If the named person accepts the role, the Prime Minister then advises the Sovereign, who formally nominates them to be the next bishop.

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