Glossary

Anglo-Catholic / Anglican Catholic

Area Dean
Area Dean is the title give to a member of the clergy who has been appointed by a Bishop to preside over a Deanery.

Archdeaconry

Benefice

Clergy

Deanery
A Deanery is a group of neighbouring parishes presided over by an Area Dean. 

Deanery Synod

Diocese

Diocesan Synod

Electoral Roll

Episcopal Area

Evangelical

Incumbent
"a member of the clergy who has primary administrative, pastoral, and liturgical responsibilities in a parish or congregation..."  "[An] incumbent” is someone who has been granted the position on a more or less permanent basis.  Often he or she is installed in a formal public ceremony traditionally called an "Induction.""

Lay Chair
Lay Chair is the title given to the lay person elected by the House of Laity to co-chair the Deanery Synod.

Lay Person
The label "lay person" refers to somebody who has been baptised.  However, in common church parlance it is used to mean "a person who is not a member of the clergy".  That is a bad use of language for even clergy are still technically lay people, they're still baptised members of the church.

Modern Catholic

Minister

Parish

Parochial Church Council (PCC)

Priest

Rural Dean
We've not used the expression "rural Dean" on this website because Camberwell is about as far as you can get from being rural.  Rural Dean is an older title that is now transferable with the title Area Dean.

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