Diocese of Manchester


Fit for mission

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To achieve our exciting vision for the future, we believe we need to change the way we organise ourselves as the diocese: proposing seven deaneries and a new full-time Area Dean role to provide leadership for change, as well as flexible parish cover.

New proposals have been developed by ‘task and finish’ groups set up by Bishop David, each with clergy and lay representatives selected because of their individual gifts, experience and insights. Early proposals were shared at four archdeaconry briefing sessions in September 2019. The final proposals are outlined in the Fit for Mission Consultation Document. The consultation is supported by the Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee and referenced in a covering letter.

We believe that the proposed changes to the deanery arrangements set out in the Fit for Mission document are a necessary first step on the road to change and transformation.

A formal consultation exercise is now running from November 2019 until February 2020. Face-to-face meetings are taking place in each deanery over this period.

Please read the proposals and let us know your views on the proposals by completing an online survey. A printable, hard copy version of the survey will be available in due course to enable anyone who does not have access to a computer to take part.

Proposed new deanery configuration
Regular updates on Fit for Mission are posted online in the documents library in the Church for a Different World category.

Fit for Mission Prayer

Faithful God,
In you, hope is founded and
Through you, love is known.

Fill your church with joy and peace;
Overwhelm us with the love of Christ, and
Renew us through your Holy Spirit.

May your Church grow, as we welcome all.
Inspire us to share the good news of Jesus;
Send us out to be
Signs of your Kingdom
In our communities and for your world.
Open hearts and minds to your generous love;
Nourish us with faith, and fill us with hope.


Consultation document on the proposals for new deanery arrangements

FIT FOR MISSION - A consultation document on the proposals for new deanery arrangements in the Diocese of Manchester. November 2019

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