Generic Job Description Area Dean
To be read in conjunction with the generic job descriptions for the Archdeacon and Incumbent.
Post: Area Dean
Purpose: To support the Bishop and Archdeacon as a visible sign serving the Church’s unity and continuity in apostolic life mission and ministry.
Responsible: In collaboration and full co-operation with the Bishop, Archdeacon, Clergy and Laity for leading, co-ordinating and administering the Deanery.
Principal Tasks and Duties
- To liaise within the Diocese on matters of diocesan policy and mission strategy.
- To enable effective two-way communication between deanery and diocese.
- To summon and preside at meetings of the Deanery Conference.
- To arrange and chair Deanery Chapter meetings.
- To organise and/or take a key role in Deanery events.
- To encourage initiatives as part of the venturing in mission culture.
- To work with the Bishop and Archdeacon in furthering the mission of the Deanery.
- To manage the affairs of vacant parishes including:
- Chairing a parish vestry meeting in a vacant parish, where necessary.
- Acting as custodian of the parsonage with the churchwardens during a vacancy.
- Hearing appeals about the right to attend, speak and vote at a vestry meeting.
- Enabling churchwardens to exercise their functions during vacancies including consulting on arrangements for services.
- Appointing a church warden during a vacancy should the need arise.
- Participating in the selection of new staff and in consultation with the Archdeacon to arrange services of welcome and Induction
- To assist the Bishop or Archdeacon as necessary in the visitations
- To assist the Archdeacon as necessary in facilitating and monitoring parish reorganisation
- To encourage the clergy of the Deanery in their ministry through a culture of lifelong learning and professional development.
- To provide pastoral support for clergy and to ensure that problems arising are properly managed in consultation with the Archdeacon.
- To ensure that clergy of the Deanery are aware of and comply with the rules and standards expected, particularly in relation to clergy incapacity.