In 2017, the ELS is working to renew its offering in terms of resources for education and training in matters of church law. This sits alongside the London Lectures and the publication of the journal.

We are planning to offer three kinds of resource:

1. Training events

Our main focus at the moment is on those who offer training sessions in church law to curates, parish priests, churchwardens and others.

At the end of 2016 we ran a successful day which drew together chancellors, registrars, archdeacons and representatives from theological education.

Our next event will be:

Church Law: Carrot or Stick?
A Day Conference for all those engaged in leading training sessions about Church Law, for curates, clergy and churchwardens
Monday 30th October 2017
The Diocesan Offices, Leeds
10.30am – 3.30pm

You can book to attend this event here.

2. Church Law Links

We are working on an open access resource to sign post people to where matters relating to church law can be found in other places on the internet. Measure, consistory court judgements, regulations and other items of legal importance are scattered on a number of website, some of which are hard to navigate.

Our resource will sign-post people in one click to where things can be found. We would like this resource to be regarded as a primary portal for research and for finding out information for general use. Anyone will be able to use this resource.

3. Presentations for Training

This area of the website will be open to members of the ELS only.

We are gathering presentations, handouts and other materials that colleagues are using in their training sessions with curates, clergy and church officers. These will be offered freely to members so that they can use them as the basis for their own training events and adapt them according to need. If you have any presentation material that you would be willing to offer to build up this resource please send them to:


The ELS London Lectures are always convivial and thought provoking, the Journal is of real value and the regular newsletters are most helpful.

Ian Blaney

Solicitor, Lee Bolton Monier-Williams