Associate Archdeacon of Berkshire

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Associate Archdeacon of Berkshire

The Bishop of Reading is looking for a colleague in the Reading Episcopal Area who has a cool, clear head and a compassionate heart; an eye for detail and a broad perspective; and an ability to work collaboratively and decisively, to share with her and the Archdeacon of Berkshire in the spiritual and practical leadership of God’s people in this vibrant part of the Thames Valley.

For more information or for an informal chat, contact

The Rt Revd Olivia Graham, Bishop of Reading 0118 984 1216 or

The Revd Canon Stephen Pullin, Archdeacon of Berkshire (designate) 0118 957 1057

Closing date for applications is 9.00am on Wednesday 5th February

Interviews will be held on Friday 28th February 2020

We are committed to the promotion of equal opportunities for all

Main Responsibilities

  • To be a member of the Bishop of Reading’s staff team and to share in the leadership of the Episcopal Area.
  • To work strategically with the Archdeacon of Berkshire and the other Archdeacons of the Diocese to share good practice and co-ordinate property, fabric, finance and mission planning matters across the diocese to ensure parity and coherent policy.
  • To preach and teach the Gospel around the Archdeaconry.
  • To give excellent pastoral and strategic support to clergy and parishes.
  • To exercise the Archdeacon’s delegated statutory responsibilities.
  • To lead recruitment on behalf of the bishop and work alongside the parish development advisor to support parishes in vacancy.
  • To promote and direct excellence in safeguarding practices.
  • To engage with and facilitate the resolution of disputes.
  • To deal with complaints at parish level including any investigation work.
  • To contribute to the mission work and pastoral reorganisation.
  • To visit sick clergy and supporting colleagues facing a difficult time.
  • To conduct ministerial development reviews (MDRs).
  • To encourage and support parishes in fulfilling their parish share commitments and teaching good stewardship.
  • To be an initial resource to Churchwardens and clergy on legal questions.
  • To deputise on DAC visits.
  • To take on such tasks as the Diocesan or Area Bishop requires and such tasks that are delegated by the Archdeacon.

If you have a commitment to the pastoral care and welfare of the clergy and their families; enjoy finding creative solutions to the day to day challenges facing the church; are able to see mission opportunities, can make things happen and are exploring a vocation to archidiaconal ministry in an environment in which you could flourish and contribute, we would love to hear from you.  This is seen as a development opportunity for the right candidate and is a designated interim post for three years, with the expectation of a further three years subject to review.

This post will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and right to work in the UK checks. 

The Diocese of Oxford 

The Diocese of Oxford is a living, growing network of more than a thousand churches, chaplaincies and schools across the three counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.  More than 2.4 million people live in the Diocese, and this number is set to rise by at least half a million over the next decade.  

The Diocese is divided into four Episcopal Areas in a mature area scheme.  The Bishop of Dorchester is the Area Bishop for Oxfordshire outside the city of Oxford.  The Bishop of

Buckingham is Area Bishop for Buckinghamshire.   The Bishop of Reading is Area Bishop for Berkshire.  The Bishop of Oxford has the city of Oxford as an Episcopal Area and oversees the whole.

The Cathedral for the Diocese is Christ Church.  Reading Minister is a significant centre for the Reading Episcopal Area.