Deanery Synod

What is a Deanery?

It is a group of parishes, benefice, chaplaincies and new Christian communities. Deaneries have a vital role in the working of a diocese. In deaneries, Christians can support and learn from each other. Each one should help us to take on the challenge of being a Christian presence in the community. Deaneries, being small enough to encourage working together, should be the place to make things happen. Deaneries run courses such as training for Lay Worship leaders. Our Diocese of Bath and Wells has 18 deaneries. Each Deanery has a large formal meeting - ours is twice a year and is called Deanery Celebration - where clergy and lay people elected from each parish meet together. Anyone from the local churches can attend our Deanery Synod. Our deanery is the Frome deanery.

This link explains more about the Deanery.

What is Deanery Synod?

It is a place for learning, sharing of good ideas, decision making for the deanery and encouraging partnerships in mission.

What is the Deanery Leadership Team?

It consists of an Area Dean, a Lay Dean and their assistants as well as the Deanery Mission and Pastoral Group (DMPG).

What is a Deanery Chapter?

It is made up of the clergy and others who meet together for mutual support and encouragement.

What is the Deanery Mission and Pastoral Group?

It is a small group, elected by Deanery Synod, and is made up lay and ordained members. It is responsible for taking an overview of change and deployment of ministry within the deanery. The group is encouraged to ‘dream dreams’ as well as have an eye for detail. It will be aware of potential opportunities, for instance in new housing or changes to infrastructure. Our DMPG is grappling with the problem of having to lose one member of clergy across the deanery.

If you wish to know more about deanery work, please speak to your Deanery Synod reps or go along to any Deanery Celebration. The next one is is on Thursday 13th October at 7.30pm in St Philip and St James, Norton St Philip.

(Notes amended from Bath and Wells pamphlet - Deaneries: Working Together)