Well, if you really want to know... heading image In the Church of England a deanery is a group of parishes forming a district within an archdeaconry.
A group of neighbouring parishes form an administrative area.
Each deanery is overseen by a Rural Dean (an ordained minister) and a Lay Chairman (not ordained).
Each area has its own Deanery Synod - which is made up of clergy and elected church members from the parishes within the area - and they meet 3 or 4 times a year.

A Rural Dean is appointed by the bishop to co-ordinate, encourage and assist the clergy and parishes in the deanery.

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Key point: Jesus loves his church and expects his mission to be fulfilled by it.
And what is that mission? Of course the mission is God's Mission - the thing that we are called to join.
We are not called to do mission to build up our attendances
- though it would help.
We are not called to do mission to pay our parish share
- though it would help.
We are not called to mission to preserve the Church of England
- love it passionately though we may.

We are called to mission because Jesus calls us to be Plan A in bringing all men and women and children into his Kingdom ready for when he comes again.

Deanery AWAY DAY
We imagined ourselves as 'coffee pots' and talked about taking the lid off to let the Holy Spirit remove the obstacles and to let God grow the church.
We looked at what we could do, using the story of Gideon.
Lessons were considered concerning repentance, petitioning, listening, the big idols, building our confidence in God's plans for the church and discipling ourselves and others.

What relationship does this have with our numerical growth plans?
Action points
" Find ways of listening to God."
" Identify where we got things wrong in the past."
" Identify idols and find ways to dismantle them."
" Remove obstacles to growth."
" More theological training to build confidence."
" Discipleship training."
" Accepting that there are no quick fixes."
NB. Probably different things to growth action plans."

The Daventry Deanery includes

Ashby St Ledgers
Badby
Barby
Braunston
Brockhall
Bugbrooke
Catesby
Charwelton
Daventry
Dodford
Everdon
Fawsley
Flore
Harpole
Hellidon
Heyford
Kilsby
Kislingbury
Newnham
Preston Capes
Rothersthorpe
Staverton
Stowe Nine Churches
Weedon Bec
Welton