Vacancy: Regional Dean in the Bay of Plenty, Diocese of Waiapu (Closes 26th October 2018)

The Bishop of Waiapu seeks expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced priests for the position of Regional Dean in the Bay of Plenty.

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 January 2019.

The Regional Dean, a senior position in the diocese, will work as a member of the Bishop’s Leadership Team and have responsibility for providing support to the clergy, wardens and parishes across the Bay of Plenty. The role will require the successful candidate to live in the Bay of Plenty, but the exact location will be negotiable.

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.  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.

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 26 October 2018.