Project fact sheet No 10
Review of the work of
Archdeacons in the Diocese of
In common with many other Dioceses Carlisle is undergoing rapid change. The
Diocese has a vision to move from Survival to Revival, and is focusing on how it can
achieve growth in numbers, spirituality and contact with communities. As part of
this, it is reviewing its structures and the activities it funds and undertakes to
maximise the contribution they can make to growth. This includes reviewing the key
leadership role that Archdeacons have in the Diocese, providing the link between the
Episcopate and local Clergy/Parish/Community.
The Diocese wants to review the role of Archdeacons to assess how they can best
contribute to leading the Diocese into growth. This review is particularly needed at a
time when the introduction of formal clergy appraisal is likely substantially to
increase Archdeacons’ workload. Several possible changes to the Archdeacons’ role
have already been suggested, including involvement in clergy appraisal; reducing
their role in line-managing diocesan sector ministers; delegating more responsibilities
to Deanery officers; redefining Archdeacons as “Bishop’s Growth Officers”etc.
These suggestions need to be evaluated properly, as part of a professional review of
the existing role and future requirements.
The project would involve mapping existing activities and assessing the contribution
that they made to leading the Diocese into growth; identifying and evaluating new
areas of activity that could feature in an Archdeacon’s role description; drawing up a
new role description and identifying the skills and knowledge required to undertake
The Foundation’s prospectus states that it “identifies key issues which face the
churches and their leaders and encourage strategic pieces of work which address
these.” The project proposal fits closely within this area. It will also provide a report
and proposed role description for Archdeacons that will be substantially applicable
nationally, thereby enabling the “exchange of learning and experience for others
facing similar issues”.
Strategic support from our core funding
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