Bishop of Liverpool signs pastoral order

The Bishop of Liverpool has signed the Pastoral Order to enable 4 Archdeaconries in our diocese.

The desire to create our four archdeaconry areas comes from our longstanding growth agenda. The impetus came from Bishop Paul’s paper on Fit for Mission which was endorsed by Diocesan Synod and Bishop’s Council. Our aim, as we get fit for mission, is to create a structure of support with Archdeacons having smaller areas to relate to giving them more ability to offer practical support to parishes as we seek to become bigger churches making a bigger difference.

Now that the areas are formalised we can address local concerns over changes to parishes or deaneries, which will be achieved through further consultations. We know that change can be difficult but we are pleased that our diocese recognises the need to move forward and to resource parishes in their mission.

Bishop Paul said “I thank God for the wisdom of this diocese and the diligence that this process has been carried out by my senior colleagues and staff at St James House. We now have four fine, talented priests able to receive my charge and licence to work alongside parishes, help them become fit for mission and support them as they seek to answer God’s call to make a bigger difference in their communities.”

• Archdeaconry of Liverpool ( comprising the deaneries of Liverpool North; Liverpool South (Childwall); Toxteth & Wavertree; Walton; and West Derby)
• Archdeaconry of Knowsley and Sefton (comprising the deaneries of Bootle; Huyton; North Meols; and Sefton)
• Archdeaconry of St Helens and Warrington (comprising the deaneries of St Helens; Warrington; Widnes; and Winwick)
• Archdeaconry of Wigan and West Lancashire (comprising the deaneries of Ormskirk; and Wigan)

We now have four fine, talented priests able to receive my charge and licence to work alongside parishes, help them become fit for mission and support them as they seek to answer God’s call to make a bigger difference in their communities.