People & Places - Deanery Merger update

26th February 2020

One of the key aims of the P&P framework is to consolidate our 13 existing deaneries into six new larger deaneries. Each new deanery will be better resourced with a full-time Area Dean, a half-time support officer and access to parish book-keeping, church buildings and HR support services.

We are delighted to confirm that, following positive feedback from the consultations, Bishop David has made a Bishop’s Pastoral Order to unite the two deaneries of Warley & Edgbaston and also made a Bishop’s Pastoral Order to unite the three deaneries of Kings Norton, Moseley & Shirley.

The new deanery of Warley and Edgbaston and the new deanery of Kings Norton, Moseley and Shirley both came into being from 1st March 2020, with existing Area Deans until a full-time Area Dean is appointed. Deanery Lay Chairs and Deanery Secretaries will be confirmed at their first new deanery synods. All deanery mergers are now complete!

The Deanery of Aston and Sutton Coldfield came into being on 1 May 2019 and Revd Ann Richardson was licenced on the 1st December 2019. The Deanery of Handsworth and Central came into being on the 1st August 2019 and Revd Douglas Machiridza has been appointed as Area Dean, he will be licenced on 29th March 2020 at St. Martins in the Bullring. The Deanery of Coleshill and Polesworth came into being on 1st November 2019 and the discernment process is well underway for the new Area Dean. The Area Dean position for Yardley & Solihull was advertised in February with interviews being held in mid-March 2020. Please pray for this continued recruitment.

P&P Board changes

As our new deaneries come into being, we have established some of the new resourcing to help and support parishes under the P&P Framework. From the start it has been clear that P&P will only support the renewal and growth we seek if decisions and direction about local mission and ministry arise locally. Our P&P Board has had a number of workstreams which have been vital in establishing the framework. As we move into 2020 the Board’s work of direction and oversight will become much more locally focussed in each deanery working alongside local people and places, lay and ordained. We will be sharing details soon but value your prayers for effective support for the needs of our parishes and communities.