Vacancy: Regional Dean in the Bay of Plenty, Diocese of Waiapu (Closes 14th Dec 2018)

The Bishop of Waiapu seeks expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced priests for the position of the Regional Dean in the Bay of Plenty and to join the Bishop’s Leadership Team. The role of the Regional Dean in the Bay of Plenty is a senior position in Waiapu, akin to the role of an Archdeacon in other dioceses, which has responsibility for providing support to the clergy, wardens and parishes across the Bay of Plenty.

Experience in all aspects of parish ministry will be an essential requirement for the successful candidate. The Regional Dean will work to implement and support strategic developments across the region on behalf of the bishop and in collaboration with the Bishop’s Leadership Team and parish leadership teams.  A sound understanding of parish finances, church canons, policies and procedures, as well as the skills to lead parishes and individuals through these processes is also an important element of the role.

The Regional Dean will be expected to contribute to the development of parishes in the region by forming relationships with the clergy and wardens to help identify areas for development and communicate those to the Bishop’s Leadership Team. The successful candidate will also be a leader and be open-minded to their own development personally and in ministry.

Waiapu has a strong heritage in bi-cultural partnerships in the context of the three-tikanga church. The Regional Dean will be someone who can form relationships across tikanga, support and continue to develop existing bi-cultural partnerships in ministry in the region.

The Bishop’s Leadership Team are looking forward to welcoming a new Regional Dean to their team and incorporating the skills and talents they will bring afresh to the experience of the team. The successful applicant will become part of a highly functioning team that values collaboration and shared leadership and the development of leadership skills for each member of the team.

This position will become vacant following the retirement at the end of December 2018 of a long-term incumbent. As such the new role would likely begin in early 2019 to be negotiated with the successful applicant. The role will require the successful candidate to live in the Bay of Plenty, but the exact location is negotiable.

For further information and to make an appointment to speak with Bishop Andrew informally regarding this position please contact Colleen Marriott – email: or phone 06 835 2744.

Applications for this position will close on Friday 14 December 2018