Archdeacon of Lindisfarne

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Church House, North Shields
£35400 - £35400

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

  • helping to lead and resource the church to be a transforming Christian presence across the communities we serve
  • thinking strategically and imaginatively and being able to make coherent links between structures and projects
  • bringing a strong pastoral approach to journeying in a shared discipleship with the whole people of God, lay and ordained, through the cultural changes ahead of us for the mission and ministry of the church.

The Archdeacon of Lindisfarne will:

  • Share with the Bishop and other members of her staff in the leadership of the Diocese, especially through membership of the
    • Bishop's staff team
    • Diocesan Board of Finance; and
    • Bishop's Council and Diocesan Synod
  • Support and resource the Bishop and Suffragan Bishop in the exercise of episcopal leadership in the Archdeaconry.
  • Share in the episcopal oversight of clergy and their wellbeing on behalf of the Bishop
  • Fulfil the legal responsibilities of an archdeacon (described in attached information pack)
  • Work closely with the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser and parishes in actively promoting a safer church for everyone
  • Develop a strong collaborative and mutually supportive relationship with the Archdeacon of Northumberland
  • Share with the Archdeacon of Northumberland in promoting the mission and ministry priorities of the Bishop and the Diocesanvision to the Diocesan structures, especially through senior ex-officio membership of the:
    • Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee;
    • Parsonages Board; and
    • Diocesan Advisory Committee.
  • Admit and train churchwardens, and work closely with them in the exercise of their legal and other responsibilities
  • Resource and work with Area Deans, Deanery Lay Chairs, and PCCs, supporting and encouraging them in their duties
  • Develop a strong collaborative partnership with the Residentiary Canon Director of Mission and Ministry in supporting deaneriesin their mission and ministry, and in their development and re-shaping, especially through:
    • Deanery Development Groups;
    • Deanery Synods; and
    • Clergy Chapters


  • is a Priest in the Church of England for a minimum of six years (Canon C22)

Spiritual Life

  • is a joyful disciple of Christ with a passion to inspire others to grow in personal holiness
  • values the breadth of spirituality within the Church of England


  • can communicate and preach with both depth and breadth of theological understanding

Leadership and Working with Others

  • has a vocational calling to the role of Archdeacon
  • experience of working with people across different church traditions, and demonstrates a commitment to the Five Guiding Principles and able to live them and implement them with sensitivity and confidence
  • is able to establish good working relationships based on trust, which can appropriately challenge as well as affirm
  • has the emotional intelligence to journey with others through change and difficult situations, and have experience of facilitating conflict resolution
  • is a collaborative team player, valuing the empowering of others, and is able to appropriately delegate responsibility to lay and ordained colleagues


  • 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

  • has experience of developing and maintaining relationships with secular partnerships, and civic and secular leaders
  • is able to see the potential in church buildings for mission and service of the wider community
  • is able to understand and work across very diverse context

Engagement with the Diocesan Vision and Transformation Plans

  • is a wholehearted advocate for the Diocesan vision and strategy, and a tenacious supporter of parish mission and ministry
  • is able to see the bigger picture of the needs and gifts of churches and wider communities
  • can encourage local ownership, and is able to take people on the journey of change

Legal & Governance


  • is capable of enacting the full statutory responsibilities of an Archdeacon as described in Appendix 1 of information pack
  • is accurate with attention to detail, and has the capability to engage with legal processes
  • is able to build effective and positive relationship with the Chancellor and Registrar especially when acting as an office of the court
  • can understand, and meet, the requirements of a Charity Trustee


  • has an up-to-date understanding of the law and procedures relating to faculties, pastoral re-organisation and Clergy Discipline Measure


  • is able to help parishes and deaneries understand 'Parish Share', stewardship, and financial responsibilities as part of discipleship and mission
  • is committed to communicating 'generous giving' as part of discipleship and ministry
  • has sufficient financial literacy to be able to understand and engage in discussions with the Diocesan Board of Finance, parishes and deaneries

Management of Resources

  • has a demonstrable record of implementation as well as strategic planning
  • has an ability to identify and promote the best use of resources
  • can effectively manage their own budget and the shared use of administrative support
  • is an effective administrator and IT literate


  • is a first-rate communicator able to maximise the effective use of all media platforms
  • can demonstrate the ability to balance the demands of public life and family/personal life
  • holds a full UK driving licence

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