Chelmsford Diocese has 25 Area Deaneries, each with a Lay Chair and an Area Dean.
The Area Dean has responsibilities involving the care of people and church buildings in a Deanery (or parish cluster) and is appointed by the Diocesan Bishop after consultation with the clergy and lay people of a Deanery.
The Area Dean works in partnership with the Deanery Lay Chair – to view the Lay Chair's Job Description and Handbook please click here.
The Diocesan Synod has provide Standing Orders for the Deanery Synod's in accordance with the Church Representation Rules. The Standing Orders can be downloaded from here.