“We see deaneries as real agents of change. They have a vital role in the growth of ministry and mission across the diocese.” Bishop Peter Hancock
There are 19 deaneries – groups of parishes and benefices – in the Diocese of Bath and Wells. Deaneries differ in size but most are made of around twenty to thirty parishes grouped together in several benefices. Deanery leadership is shared across a team including an Area Dean who is a member of clergy, a Lay Dean and a Deanery Mission and Pastoral Group.
Work to realise the diocesan vision and put mission and evangelism at the heart of everything we do has seen the role of our deaneries grow and evolve. Each deanery has drawn up and is working to implement its own Deanery Mission Plan which aims encourage growth and discipleship in the local area and has more of a say on strategic matters such as resources and vacancies.