A group of parishes from a geographic area grouped together under the leadership of an ‘Area Dean’.
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1. The Deanery is a collection of parishes to give mutual support. It is the centre of support for the parish ministers, both spiritually and personally through the ‘Deanery Chapter’, which is a committee of all the parish ministers in that Deanery meeting regularly under the chairmanship of the Area Dean (previously called the ‘Rural Dean’)
and a 'Lay Chairperson' (ie: a member of the congregations who is not ordained a priest)
2. The Deanery provides fellowship and support for its member ministers, offering them any assistance it is in a position to provide, especially if there should be a dispute in or between parishes and during a 'Vacancy' (ie: change of Incumbent)
. Ideally a Deanery should enable expertise & experience to be shared between its members.
3. Through the deanery's links with, and knowledge of its member parishes, the diocese gains information to enable it to fairly share the costs of the diocesan budget. (Return to Top)