New Area/Rural Deans


Conference for Newly Appointed Area/Rural Deans

West Midlands Regional Conference

A two-day conference for Area/Rural Deans who have recently been appointed into post

Taking on the role of Area, or Rural, Dean can be a daunting responsibility to add to an already full ministry.

This conference is planned as part of the West Midlands Region CMD training programme, to encourage and equip those from around the region who have recently taken on this new role. It provides a valuable opportunity to meet together with those from around the region, and learn from the diversity of each others' contexts and experiences. We do not aim to cover every topic in depth, or answer every question, but we trust that you will gain useful ideas and insights to help equip you. The sessions of the conference typically include:

- The distinctive nature of a deanery

- Discerning purpose and direction for a deanery

- Making the most of deanery structures

- Working well with Chapter and Synod

- Practical tips for everyday issues

The conference lead and organiser is the Revd Canon Dr Jonathan Kimber, Director of Ministry and Discipleship in the Diocese of Worcester. The speakers for the conference will be drawn from professional training backgrounds, as well as Archdeacons and experienced Area Deans. There will be an emphasis on sharing of experience with plenty of time for formal and informal discussion.

Who is it for?

The conference is planned especially for those who have been recently appointed as Area/Rural Deans within the six dioceses of the West Midlands, with awareness of the diversity of roles and contexts.

Upcoming dates:

This conference is run annually, or sometimes twice a year depending on need. 

The next one is scheduled for 11th June 2019, beginning at 12 noon and runs through to 13th June 2019, finishing after lunch.  It will be held at Holland House, Cropthorne.


Holland House, Cropthorne, Worcestershire. WR10 3NB


This course costs approximately £250 per person. Your contribution would be travel only. The rest of the cost would be borne by your diocese.

What do I do now?

If you wish to find out more about this course, please contact your diocesan CMD officer or administrator who will send you further details. You can find their details under the Contact tab.