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Clergy new to the Netherlands

There is a great deal of cultural adjustment to do in order to get set up and operating. This list provides simply a list of some of the things you will need to address. For more information contact your churchwardens or the Area Dean.

Personal Checklist

  • Register with the Gemeente (you may need your birth/marriage certificates ‘apostilled’ i.e. certified). This gets you your social security (Burgerservice) number
  • Importing car. rdw.nl
  • Register your car for road tax
  • Car insurance
  • Apply for health insurance from one of the major suppliers
  • Immigration: Most immigrants need to register. This is more complex for nonEU nationals. IND ind.nl
  • Register with Doctor (huisarts) and dentist
  • Work out local language training
  • Utilities: gas, electric, home phone/TV, mobile contracts.
  • Check availability of Child Benefit (Kindgebonden budget), Health Insurance Benefit (Zorgtoeslag), Kindergarten benefit (Kinderopvangtoeslag).
  • Pension: do you need to make additional voluntary contributions in lieu of not being able to contribute to the UK State Second Pension?


  • Understand what you will be paid and when.
  • Understand your tax liability with the Dutch Tax office Belastingdienst.nl
  • Understand expenses with your Treasurer and churchwardens.


  • Receive the Diocesan or church Safeguarding (Child Protection and Vulnerable Adults) Policy.
  • Introduction to the Deanery clergy via the Area Dean.
  • Introduction about Archdeaconry Synod (early October) and Diocesan Synod (June).Diocesan Yearbook, Handbook and Constitution.
  • Introduction to returns required by the Diocesan Office: Mission statistics, paperwork after the Annual Meeting, accounts.
  • Co-ordination of confirmation services.

For other questions please refer in the first instance to your church wardens, treasurer or the Area Dean.