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 pooling 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(s)
  • Lay Dean and assistant(s)
  • 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, 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

Revd Charlie Peer, Head of Mission Support and Ministry Development

The Ven Anne Gell, Archdeacon of Wells

The Ven Simon Hill, Archdeacon of Taunton

The Ven Adrian Youings, Archdeacon of Bath


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

Sharing in Deanery Leadership A4 guide (PDF)

Sharing in Deanery Leadership A4 guide (Word)