Birmingham is the UK’s second city with the youngest urban population in one of the most lively and diverse regions. The Church of England - Birmingham, founded in 1905, is one of the 41 dioceses of the Church of England. It covers an area of nearly 300 square miles and includes parishes in Birmingham and parts of Solihull, Sandwell, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.
Right at the heart of what we do there are over 187 worshipping communities with an average weekly attendance of 17,000. In these churches are clergy and churchgoers representing a wide scope of tradition, ethnicity, age and background.
It is a time of new opportunities and potential in the Church of England - Birmingham as we seek to shape ministry for a changing church and world as part of our ‘Transforming Church’ vision, supported by our ambitious People & Places framework. As part of People & Places, we are creating six new deaneries, each having a full-time stipendiary post of Area Dean. One of the primary focuses of the role will be to bring the collaborative, transformational leadership we need to support parishes in growing a culture of local mission and the resourcing and deployment needed for flourishing and growth. Each Area Dean shares the Bishop’s leadership in mission and pastoral care in their deanery, but this considerable resourcing gives them the gift of time and attention wholly for this task.
All the areas of responsibility will require a collaborative style of working, using a range of developmental skills to support, encourage and facilitate others.
The post holder will play an active role in the ministry of Word and Sacrament in the Deanery, ministering in particular parishes as required. It may be appropriate for the Area Dean to be linked with a particular setting.
Vision & Leadership
Ministerial development and well-being
This role will only be possible with significant collaboration and sharing resources with many across the Deanery and wider Diocese including (this is not an exhaustive list):
In particular, Area Deans should:
When a vacancy arises to collaborate with Archdeacon and relevant parties to agree the deployment strategy regarding the parish and oversight area including attending and contributing to the Archdeacon’s Preliminary Meeting with the PCC, and any meeting called under Section 12 of the Patronage (Benefices) Measure 1986
During a vacancy:
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION RELATING TO THE DEANERY OF ASTON & SUTTON COLDFIELD
From 1 May 2019 the new Deanery of Aston and Sutton Coldfield came into formal being through a Bishop’s order. This followed considerable diocesan and local consultation and no objections have been raised. The aim is to make a larger unit which will have more resources to share and bring our diversity closer together in Christian unity, ministry and mission. Under the People and Places Framework the new full time Area Dean will work alongside access to enhanced resources for parish supporting bookkeeping, buildings and HR functions. Through 2019 there will be an agreed process to shape and ‘launch’ this new deanery as the first larger unit within CofE Birmingham. We hope that by the end of 2020 we will have moved from our 13 Deaneries to 6 new ones.
Aston & Sutton Coldfield Deanery covers a ‘slice’ of the city region from one of the most deprived and industrial/post-industrial areas to the direct north of the city centre at the end of the A38M, where it meets the M6 expressway, an elevated stretch of motorway running across north-Birmingham. Moving further out it embraces the former Warwickshire Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield and some bordering rural and urban communities.
The Aston end is crossed by fixed road boundaries such as the A38 and M6 motorway and these influence relationships and evangelistic possibilities alike. It is largely without much green space and predominantly is poorer residential housing, estates and industrial/post-industrial areas. Sutton Coldfield may be part of Birmingham administratively, but it is not entirely “of” Birmingham with a range of socio-economic contexts; everything from gated mansions to social housing. There are first class schools and the delights of Sutton Park. It is mostly fairly comfortable suburbia, but with one rural multi church benefice and one parish covers an estate in north Birmingham. There is considerable change both in the suburban and post-industrial areas with regeneration, new housing, changing transport patterns and developing social infrastructure growing across the region according to local plans.
Across the area there are considerable medical, educational, industrial and recreational institutions including Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield and Aston Villa Football Club near the heart of the city.
The Deanery School (Primary) was established as a resource for all the churches of the former deanery of Sutton Coldfield, with the Area Dean usually serving on the Governing Body.
The deanery has 16 parishes and 24 Churches with a variety of ministry provision including full-time stipendiary, SSM, Readers and a variety of local lay ministers, all collaborating with a large number of voluntary officers and ministry leaders in the churches.
The chapter and Synod of the new deanery will be developing their arrangements for meeting and support under the new Area Dean. However, both former deaneries have traditionally had a strong ethos of clergy and lay support and both are keen to extend that to each other in their new arrangement. They have both been very willing to embrace the deanery developments and are keen to further grow their culture of mutual appreciation and support of their different contexts.
Previous experience should include:
Personal qualities should include:
Must be able to commit to efficient and effective travel across the region by car or other suitable means as appropriate.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
This is a full-time permanent office held under Common Tenure.
The stipend is £26,130 (2019/20 rate)
A house in the Deanery will be provided.
The office holder will be a member of the Church of England Funded Pensions Scheme.
Annual leave is 6 weeks.
The office is subject to three months’ notice from the office holder.
Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed in line with the Church of England Birmingham’s Expenses Policy. Business car mileage is reimbursed at the prevailing diocesan rate, currently 45p per mile within Birmingham diocese and 30p per mile outside the diocese.
References and Checks
This office is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and Barred List check and an unconditional commendation from the individual’s current diocesan bishop.
Deadline for Applications: 26th June 2019
Interviews will take place over two days: 11th and 12th July 2019
(overnight accommodation will be provided if needed)
Interested candidates are welcome to contact the Archdeacon of Aston, Ven Simon Heathfield, for further conversation on 07769 187435 or SimonH@cofebirmingham.com
We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons, particularly from those who are currently under-represented such as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups and women.