The Diocese of York in the Church of England

Members of The Archbishop's Leadership team on the steps of Bishopthorpe Palace
The Diocese of York is a family of 607 churches and 127 schools committed to the praise of God through Jesus Christ and to services to others, led and guided in their faith and work by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.

The Church of England is arranged geographically into 42 areas called dioceses. Each diocese is under the care of a Bishop, and covers every part of England. The Archbishop of York is the Bishop of the Diocese of York, one of the largest geographically in the Church of England with 470 parishes. In York he is assisted by suffragan bishops of Whitby, Selby, Hull and Beverley.

We need to be a people of prayer constantly being renewed by the power of the Holy Spirit

Archbishop of York

The Archbishop is responsible for the care and encouragement of the clergy and people of the Diocese and works hard to ensure the smooth running of the Diocese. He is involved with confirmations in parish churches, and the ordinations of deacons and priests. He works closely with the Suffragan Bishops, Archdeacons, Rural Deans, the Diocesan Office and the Registry.

The Diocese of York - Generous Churches Making and Nurturing Disciples

The Diocese of York have identified Five Marks of Growing as part of the shared mission to build up the Body of Christ:


Becoming like Christ is the fundamental call of Christian discipleship. It is not always easy to assess, but we often recognise the flavour of a life becoming more godly. How we pray and worship is a key element in this mark of growing.


Commitment has several features, including: commitment to Christ, to seeking God’s kingdom, to Christ’s body the Church. The outward signs might be measured in terms of those engaged in nurture Courses, Baptisms and Confirmations, Vocations to lay and ordained ministries, and Stewardship.


Partnership is about working with other churches, locally and globally, schools, community groups, people, organisations for the common good, peace and justice. It’s about loving our neighbours as ourselves.


As disciples we are called to be salt and light to the whole world, and reflecting God’s light into dark corners. We look to influence attitudes and behaviours in our communities and wider society.


Jesus’ last recorded command was to make disciples. We must be bold in our aims to increase the number of people associated with our churches, as worshippers and disciples. If a church is growing in numbers, it is often because it is focusing on other Marks of Growing. Increasing numbers is often a sign of spiritual health and certainly increases the Church’s potential and capacity to do God’s work.