Associate Archdeacons in the Diocese of Liverpool

First published on: 16th June 2023

It was agreed at the Bishop’s Council in May that we would move from 4 archdeacons to 3. This is to continue to ensure that as much of our financial resource as possible is deployed into frontline ministry. Each of the 3 archdeacons to take on a substantive additional responsibility:

  1.  Archdeacon of Liverpool to have oversight of sector ministers
  2.  Archdeacon of Knowsley & Sefton to absorb Ormskirk Deanery
  3.  Archdeacon of St Helens & Warrington to absorb Wigan Deanery

That said, the current demands on archdeacons, including our work on Fit for Mission, are considerable. As a result, Bishop’s Council  agreed that we should appoint 3 Associate Archdeacons – 1 per archdeaconry – for up to a maximum of 3 years. The role of Associate Archdeacon is broadly as follows:

Associate Archdeacons will be:

  1.  Parish-based
  2.  Expected to give on average 2 days a week to the Associate Archdeacon responsibilities
  3.  Accountable to their respective Archdeacon
  4.  Working to a role description as agreed between them and their respective Archdeacon – most likely taking functional archidiaconal responsibility for a particular deanery 

Associate Archdeacons will not be:

  1.  Expected to attend diocesan meetings 
  2.  Appointed on a permanent basis – it will be for a maximum of 3 years

More generally

  1.  The parish (or deanery) will be compensated for the time the Associate Archdeacon is away from specific parish duties
  2.  There will be an honorarium for the Associate Archdeacons in addition to their usual stipend whilst they are in this role
  3.  Each Associate Archdeacon will be appointed by the relevant Archdeacon and the Bishop of Liverpool, through a process of search and expressions of interest. 

The role is open to all those who are Incumbents currently serving in the Diocese of Liverpool. 


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