ARCHDEACON OF MARGAM
The Bishop of Llandaff seeks to appoint an Archdeacon of Margam, a post which became vacant upon the retirement of the Venerable Philip Morris in November 2015. There are three archdeaconries in the Llandaff Diocese – Llandaff, Morgannwg and Margam – and each of the archdeacons also carries responsibility for a parish.
This is a time of change for the Diocese of Llandaff as it is for the whole of the Church in Wales. The ‘Harries Report’ of 2012 introduced the ‘transformations agenda’ which has seen all six dioceses of the Province restructure parochial ministry into larger units of Ministry or Mission Areas. This agenda is less advanced in the Llandaff Diocese than elsewhere, partly because of the very different demographic around Cardiff and the diocesan approach which has allowed restructuring to happen organically.
In addition, the Rt Revd June Osborne became Bishop of Llandaff in July 2017 and has begun a process of strategic change for the diocese. The new archdeacon will join a senior team of experienced colleagues, whose task will be to articulate that strategic vision and ensure the delivery of it over the years ahead.
The Diocese of Llandaff has 11 deaneries. The 4 Deaneries in the Margam Archdeaconry are Margam, Neath, Vale of Glamorgan and Bridgend. There are 112 benefices in the diocese, 35 of them in the Archdeaconry. The Archdeaconry of Margam includes Port Talbot with its distinctive challenges of post-industrial development, the relatively affluent and semi-rural world of the Vale of Glamorgan with its farming communities, the social challenges of deprivation around Neath and the diverse communities which relate to Bridgend.
In defining the role of an Archdeacon, the National Development Plan for Archdeacons in England and Wales quotes this from a report on the Ministerial Development of Archdeacons:
“The role of the Archdeacon is a senior leadership role in the dioceses with an important contribution to mission and strategy. It is a key support to the clergy, their families, to Churchwardens, and Area/Rural Deans. The consistent image is of an intermediary, an interpreter, a channel through which the diocese’s strategy is communicated and implemented in the local church. Archdeacons are seen as needing to be spiritually secure and strategic thinkers. In all but a few cases, they have a statutory role with the jurisdiction of an Ordinary. The role is based on handling the tension between encouraging mission and creativity and ensuring that the order of the Church is maintained. Conflict is a regular feature of their work in their interpretive position between a range of different worlds and viewpoints. This means that developed people skills are essential. The role can be very busy and stressful. However, many Archdeacons use their statutory functions to encourage imaginative, mission based thinking amongst local clergy and churches”.
The key roles of the Archdeacon of Margam will be:
A. To play a full role in the leadership of the diocese.
S/he will do this by being:
• fully engaged with the Llandaff strategic vision and taking it forward in everything that they do;
• able to establish good working relationships, have good emotional intelligence and able to get alongside others especially in difficult situations;
• able to work as part of a variety of teams: in the bishop’s staff team, and with area deans and diocesan officers, among others; manifesting trustworthy behaviour, accountability and working always to achieve common goals;
• skilled in living with dilemmas where there are no solutions, but which if held creatively may lead to good things;
• aware of and able to engage with the ecumenical and inter-faith dimensions which arrive from engagement with God’s mission;
• able to press for clarity, especially when plans are being developed, or ideas are being formalised and to ensure the implementation of decisions, policies and strategies;
• equipped with an appropriate self-confidence to be able to challenge what are simply expedient decisions which may be illegal, damage longer term relationships, or go against good practice and impair future action.
B. To carry out the legal and administrative responsibilities of an Archdeacon.
This would require being:
• aware of all current policies and procedures in relation to the safeguarding of children and adults at risk of harm;
• willing to advise clergy, PCCs and lay officers on matters concerning the maintenance of the church, churchyard and church hall;
• up to date with the changes in the law and procedures relating to faculties, pastoral re-organisation and Clergy Discipline Measure, and able to build effective and positive relationships with the Chancellor and Registrar, especially when acting as an officer of the court;
• competent in delivering appointment processes, have an awareness of the HR dimensions and able to fulfil duties in relation to Common Tenure and Capability and Grievance procedures;
• sufficiently aware of the Charities Act, and the Equalities Act, and of what these mean for parishes and the diocese;
• competent in reading and interpreting a set of accounts.
C. To work with the diocese, deaneries, ministry areas and parishes to bring about change.
This will include being:
• skilled in supporting people and Christian communities through change, encouraging them in their vocation and ministry;
• aware of the possible approaches which can assist with conflict resolution and mediation and know when and how to use them;
• able to see the potential in church buildings for mission and service of the wider community.
D. To encourage, support and develop clergy, lay ministers and church officers.
This will require ability to be:
• appropriately supportive, caring, challenging and encouraging in these relationships to further both personal and organisational growth;
• able to be an interviewer in the Ministry Development Review process, providing MDR from an ‘episcopal’ viewpoint;
• effective in offering constructive feedback and skilled in intervention.
E. To take responsibility for themselves.
• being able to prioritise, manage their diary and work effectively with colleagues;
• able to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle, including her/his spiritual and prayer life;
• able to cope with the isolation that often comes with the role;
• attend to their own ministerial development.
• A priest with relevant ministerial experience including knowledge of parochial life; who can manage a demanding workload and cope under pressure.
• Strong organisational and administrative skills with the capacity to operate both operationally and strategically.
• Ability to execute the traditional role of Archdeacon but in the context of creative and innovative change.
• A team player who will contribute significantly to the enhanced effectiveness of the Bishop’s senior staff. An ability to be honest, to negotiate and challenge where necessary.
• A person of prayer whose personal spirituality inspires others to follow in the way of Christ.
• Someone who exhibits emotional intelligence, integrity and generosity. A capacity to grow into the role and renew their hope and energy within it.
The Archdeacon of Margam is ultimately accountable to the Bishop of Llandaff and will also be a member of the Cathedral Chapter. This post will be combined with a parochial appointment to be negotiated.
Applications are invited from any priest currently licenced in the Llandaff Diocese. The closing deadline is 4pm on Friday 9th March 2018 and interviews will take place on Tuesday 20th March 2018.
An Application form is available from the Bishop’s office.
Please contact Denise Morgan via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 02920 562400