Shared deanery leadership

As a diocese we seek to release the gifts of all God’s people. We know that the best way to serve our communities is through clergy and laity sharing resources, skills and knowledge, learning from each other and working together, as well as in collaboration with other partners in each community.

To operate effectively, each of our 18 deaneries need a number of key people in key roles:

  • Area Dean and Assistant Area Deans
  • Lay Dean and Assistant Lay Deans
  • Deanery Secretary
  • Members of the Deanery Mission & Pastoral Group
  • Deanery Synod Members
  • Treasurer (where there are deanery wide projects involving finances)

A deanery may also develop other roles to lead on particular areas, for example worship and prayer, communications, lay ministry, discipleship and training. There are many and varied opportunities to get involved.

The downloadable resources for sharing in deanery leadership you can find below aim to support and encourage conversations about shared deanery leadership, what it means and who might be involved.

Who to contact

Julia Hill, Head of Deanery and Parish Support, Head of Deanery and Parish Support

Charlie Peer, Acting Archdeacon of Wells

Simon Hill, Archdeacon of Taunton

Adrian Youings, Archdeacon of Bath


Deanery Handbook - updated July 2022

Deaneries: working together, where do you fit leaflet (PDF)

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