Deaneries Hub

“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.

Church. What we are and what we could be...

In 2021 deaneries were asked to engaged with the Enabling Ministries resources, 'Church. What we are and what we could be...'. Throughout 2022, communities across the diocese are now being encouraged to have conversations about Church, as we seek to enable the flourishing of a range of ministries across the diocese. Go to the Enabling Ministries website section to find all the resources you need to support your deanery communities engage with this conversation, including details of our monthly sessions to discuss how best to use the Enabling Ministries resources in your context.

Parish Dashboards & Parish Spotlights

Parish Dashboards

Parish Dashboards have been produced by the Church of England Research and Statistics Unit to provide a useful source of information and be a clear picture of the reported patterns of activity in parishes and links to relevant government information at parish level. It does not reflect everything a church does, but it is hoped that by displaying information clearly and consistently the information can inform the decisions that churches make about their mission and ministry.

The Parish Dashboards will be uploaded to the Documents Library as soon as possible. Apologies for the inconvenience this may cause.

Parish Spotlights

Parish spotlights are individual documents, one for each Church of England parish, which show a summary of the 2011 Census data from the population in that parish. They have been produced by the Research and Statistics Division of the Archbishop’s Council. The Parish spotlight documents for parishes in the Diocese of Bath and Wells are available in this section, on the page relating to the first letter of the parish name.

Each document offers a wealth of demographic information and includes details such as Christian affiliation, population age and ethnicity profiles, household structures, deprivation, employment, schools and qualifications, alongside church statistics such as attendance and giving.

The Parish Spotlights will be uploaded to the Documents Library as soon as possible. Apologies for the inconvenience this may cause.

How to use your parish spotlight

The spotlight is a starting point for prayer, discussion and action, particularly if you are thinking about parish mission planning. It will help you create a picture of where you are now and what your community is like.

Questions are included on each page to help you consider the information and what this might mean for your church. There are also some bigger questions about what to do next at the end of each spotlight.

Information and queries

At the end of the spotlight there is information about where this data comes from and how it was calculated. If you have any further queries, please email the Church of England Research and Statistics team.

Who to contact

Revd Charlie Peer, Head of Mission Support and Ministry Development