Licensing new clergy

Congregation at Bury parish church
Congregation at Bury parish church
The welcome of a new priest is a time of great celebration for the Church. It is an opportunity to give thanks to God for the many ways ministry and mission unfold in this community. 

Orders of service are available here for use in the licensing of chaplains, incumbents, priests-in-charge or team vicars. They will generally be used by Area Deans or those in parishes arranging a licensing service for new clergy. Guidance notes are included at the end of each document. 

Each service outline is adapted to the circumstances of a licensing, institution or collation (i.e. where the patron is the Bishop).


Priest in Charge

Team Vicar




The Church of England Diocese of Manchester,
Church House, 
90 Deansgate, 
Manchester M3 2GH

Manchester DBF Company number 149999, Charity number 249424
Telephone: 0161 828 1400