Anglican Archbishop Glenn Davies will continue to lead the Sydney Diocese until March next year after his term was extended because of the COVID-19 crisis.
The Sydney Anglicans website says archbishops must retire at age 70.
Dr Davies turns 70 in September and in order to allow a smooth transition had given notice that he would retire two months early in July.
This would have allowed an election Synod in August and the new Archbishop to chair the next Synod in October.
The COVID-19 emergency means that the election synod will now not be held as scheduled.
The Standing Committee of the Diocese met this week and voted unanimously to ask Dr Davies to withdraw his resignation to allow him to continue until March 2021.
Several Standing Committee members spoke strongly in favour of the move, saying it would allow the Episcopal team to remain at full strength to care for their regions.