Proposed Deanery and Benefice changes (3)

THE PROPOSAL

 

This proposal for the reorganisation of benefices was considered by the standing committee as the best of four options. These in turn were based on either sharing responsibility for Launceston or
creating two very large rural benefices.

The proposal is to create three rural groups where each stipendiary priest would have a special responsibility. The team of ministers would then share responsibility for the central benefice of Launceston in some form of 'Team Ministry'. The team ministry would provide opportunities for training, developing resources and assist with the administration of smaller parishes across the whole deanery. There would be a greater role for lay ministry.

It is assumed that the deanery can meet the costs of three stipendiary clergy given the average level of subsidy in Cornwall. In today's prices that is approximately £150,000 per year. We currently raise about 90% of this.

It is recognised that with only three clergy there will be a change in the role of the parish priest; leaning towards teaching, leadership and supervision. In the current provision of clergy to the deanery, there are 4.5 stipendiary posts; however, they are not evenly distributed.

 

 

Benefice

Population

Churches

Area

Altarnun (1/2)

1891 (9.5%)

4

11089

Boy ton

1901 (9.5%)

5

8069

North Petherwin

1709 (8.6%)

4

7143

Three Rivers

4042 (20.3%)

5

9541

Launceston

10,383 (52.1%)

4

3054