About our Diocese
Sydney Anglicans belong to a network of churches encompassing the Sydney Metropolitan, Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands, South Coast and Illawarra areas. The area covered by this network is called a ‘diocese’. The diocese is led by the Archbishop of Sydney, assisted by Bishops and other ministry staff and governed by a ‘synod’ or church parliament which meets once a year. The way people encounter Sydney Anglicans may be through friends at work or in the community, who will introduce them to a local church. We hope you will find a warm welcome at any of the more than 400 Anglican churches or congregations of people across Sydney and the Illawarra. You can find your local church through the ‘churchnearyou’ database.
The Anglican diocese of Sydney is self-governing, just like the other 22 dioceses of the Anglican Church of Australia. But it is joined in fellowship with Anglicans and other Christians around the world. Missionaries from Sydney can be found on every continent and the Archbishop of Sydney’s Anglican Aid works to provide Christian ministry and help in many countries, especially in the third world. Here in Australia, Anglicare is the urban mission and community care arm of Sydney Anglicans and as one of Australia’s largest Christian care organisations, it reaches out to thousands of people every year.
Anglican schools and colleges operate throughout Sydney and the Illawarra.
The Diocese is also involved in the community through Anglican Retirement Villages, now caring for more than 5,000 residents and clients across the Greater Sydney region – many in ARV residential communities and some in their own homes.
The youth arm of the Diocese is Anglican Youthworks, working with churches and schools in Word ministry to children, youth and families.
The position of Archbishop of Sydney was created in 1897, although the idea of an overseer of churches goes back to New Testament times. You may have heard the current Archbishop, Dr Peter Jensen on radio or television, speaking about the Christian faith. As Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Jensen is also metropolitan or chief bishop of the Province of New South Wales. The Province of New South Wales consists of 7 dioceses – Sydney, Newcastle, Canberra/Goulburn, Armidale, Grafton, Bathurst and Riverina.