The role of an Archdeacon is complex, demanding, and rewarding. The rapidly changing nature of society and the Church’s place within it, along with the financial and resourcing issues facing the Diocese and the Church of England in general, is prompting new and different approaches to mission and ministry, which are challenging long-established practices.
The role of the Archdeacon of Lindisfarne is an exciting opportunity to engage with these issues, and to play a full part in the Bishop’s Staff team helping churches and the Diocese to navigate this changing ecclesial and social landscape.
The Archdeacon of Lindisfarne will play a key part in our diocesan strategy for 'growing church, bringing hope' by
The Archdeacon of Lindisfarne will:
can communicate and preach with both depth and breadth of theological understanding
Leadership and Working with Others
is up to date with current policies and procedures in relation to the safeguarding of children and adults at risk of harm, and committed to their implementation
Engagement in Community Life and Public Issues
Engagement with the Diocesan Vision and Transformation Plans
Legal & Governance
Management of Resources
Framed by the Rivers Tyne and Tweed the Diocese of Newcastle is the Church of England's most northerly diocese. Formed in 1882 the Diocese covered and an area almost equivalent to the then County of Northumberland. With 172 parishes across 2,110 square miles the Diocese now covers the local authorities of Northumberland, Newcastle, North Tyneside and also small parts of County Durham and Cumbria. The 12 deaneries within 2 archdeaconries serve a population of some 800,000 people across a variety of communities ranging from sparse rural to large inner-city areas of deprivation.
A cohort of 159 licensed clergy serving across parishes and chaplaincies under the episcopal leadership of the diocesan bishop and the suffragan Bishop of Berwick are supported by a team of lay and ordained supporting ministers, local ministry development groups and 113 readers. A small administration team is based at Church House, North Shields which also houses the Joint Education Team, (a joint initiative with the Diocese of Durham), the Lindisfarne College of Theology, and a Religious Resources Centre.
The Archdeaconry of Lindisfarne stretches Northwards beyond the River Tweed to the Scottish border and South West out to the Benefice of Alston Moor, parts of which are in Cumbria. In the Sout the Archdeaconry takes in a small number of parishes in County Durham. The Archdeaconry encompasses the whole of Northumberland but for Blyth Valley in the South East and the area around Ponteland.
Communities in the Archdeaconry are diverse, with discrete needs and distinctive characters. They include former industrial and mining settlements, and more recently those linked to forestry, the military, and the water industries. They also include estate villages related to land owning patterns, commuter estates, and small towns sometimes styled as market or county towns. All these are complemented by a coastal way of life that
draws many tourists, visitors and pilgrims who are attracted by the region's spirituality and heritage offer.
The Archdeaconry comprises the seven Deaneries of Norham, Bamburgh & Glendale, Alnwick, Morpeth, Bellingham, Hexham and Corbridge. There are:
• 147 churches, 99 parishes, 59 benefices; and
• 44 stipendiary clergy, 12 self-supporting ministers, 6 house for duty clergy, and 53 Readers