Terms & Conditions


In order to be eligible for membership, prospective applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  1. Applicants must be aged between 20 and 35 on 1st September 2018
  2. Applicants must be involved on a regular basis in a local community of Christian worship
  3. If an applicant is married, both spouses must apply for membership, as such an immersive experience may be radically transforming for each. Sadly due to constraints in living space and staffing we are unable to accept under-18s into the residential community.
  4. If an applicant is in a committed personal situation, whether in a romantic relationship or some other firm commitment, we would explore during the application process whether it would be possible or suitable to attempt an intensive commitment to community life.
  5. Applicants will need level of English that allows the person to benefit from the teaching (lectures and reading), share and discuss matters of faith with others and participate in the social life of the Community.
  6. Prospective participants of the residential or the non-residential programme must be available between 1st September 2017 and 1st July 2018, with no planned substantial periods of absence, including (for nonresident members) three week-long retreats (one in early October 2017, one in late January 2018 and one in May 2018).
  7. Applicants must fully and honestly complete the Safeguarding questions on the application form and consent to an Enhanced DBS (police) check if offered Resident or Non-Resident Membership (see section on ‘Safeguarding’ below).

Any Offer of Membership will be subject to:

1) Satisfactory references

2) Clear DBS check (or equivalent for overseas applicants)

3) Successful visa application (where applicable – Residential Members only)

4) A completed Money Plan Agreement

Data Protection

Before submitting your application, you must indicate your consent that the information that you supply will be used to process your application to join the Community of St Anselm and this information may be processed by approved reviewers outside the EU/EEC. You consent that the sensitive information that you submit will be held, processed (including automatically), and otherwise treated according to policies implemented by the Community of St Anselm with regards to data protection, information security and information retention. Personal information will not be shared with any third party, either free or for profit, outside of the Community of St Anselm, the Archbishop of Canterbury (in his personal and/or corporate capacities) or Action Starter, Ltd. Copies of relevant policies are available on request (via www.stanselm.org.uk)


In the UK, organisations which help vulnerable adults or children are required by law to check that workers or volunteers who may spend time with them do not have a history of violence or sexual misconduct. We call this ‘Safeguarding’. Since the members of the Community of St. Anselm will spend part of their time serving vulnerable and disadvantaged people, if you receive a Conditional Offer into membership we will be running a check with the UK Disclosures and Barring Service (previously CRB). If you are an overseas applicant, we will need to see a police statement of good standing or the equivalent before confirming your offer of membership.


The Community of St Anselm is committed to ensuring that applications from those with disabilities of any kind are thoughtfully and prayerfully considered, regardless of the nature of the disability. However, Lambeth Palace, being a Grade I Listed Building, presents particular access challenges, including narrow staircases and small residential cottages, which may render it sadly unlikely that those with substantial mobility impairment will currently be able to fully participate in residential Community life for the time being. We hope that, as the Community expands in terms of space available, this will no longer be the case. Non-residential participation may be possible for those with restricted or impaired mobility. Please discuss your needs on the application form.

Applicants Requiring Visas

Due to visa restrictions, the non-residential track is only open to applicants who already have permission to live and work in the UK for the entire duration of the membership year. International applicants who we invite to join the Community will be sponsored by Church of England Central Services to apply for a UK Tier 5 Religious Worker Visa. Please note that a Conditional Offer to join the Community does not guarantee a successful visa application.