2016 National Conference on the Deanery logoThe 15th National Conference on the Deanery took place in October 2016, and was themed around More for Less: Deaneries in Renewal and Reform. Revd Canon Sheila Bamber, Canon Provost of Sunderland Minster, and Revd Canon David Brooke, Deanery Planning Adviser, represented Durham Diocese at what was a well-attended and stimulating conference.

Conference Outline

The main sessions were:

  • Church Growth – the role of deaneries
    Rt Revd Ric Thorpe, Bishop of Islington
  • Thy Kingdom Come – the deanery and evangelism and witness
    Emma Buchan, Project Leader for the Archbishops’ Evangelism Task Group
  • The role of deaneries in the Renewal and Reform agenda
    Canon John Spence, Finance Chair of the Archbishops’ Council
  • Reimagining ministry – what deaneries can do
    Revd Canon Dr Roger Matthews, Dean of Mission in the Diocese of Chelmsford
  • My deanery and me (plenary and reflections)
    Rt Revd Peter Hancock, Bishop of Bath and Wells

In addition there were optional seminars on:

  • Full-time rural and area deans – from relationships to mission
    Tim Norwood, full-time Area Dean of Milton Keynes
  • Mission and ministry online
    Dr Roz Clarke, Online Pastor in the Diocese of Lichfield
  • Making waves – using communications to inform and shape mission
    Ali Burnett, journalist and broadcaster

Report and Resources

Presentations and resources from the conference can be found on the National Deaneries Network website, or can be linked or downloaded here. The videos of the presentations can be found on Youtube or Vimeo, but along with the audio recording of John Spence’s presentation they can also be downloaded from this page.


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