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Dean of Norwich

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65 The Close, Norwich
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Diocese of Norwich
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Archbishops Appointments


Norwich Cathedral – a beacon of faith and hope at the heart of the county of Norfolk and Diocese of Norwich – is seeking its new Dean.

The next Dean will be a prayerful, confident leader and pastor, who will lead the Cathedral forward in the next phase of its Christian witness. We seek someone who is a gifted preacher and teacher, experienced in nurturing worshipping communities and sharing the good news of the Gospel.

We seek someone with a heart for the Anglican choral tradition, but also an innovative leader in mission. Someone who is gifted in building partnerships, who will keep the Cathedral looking outwards, embracing the social Gospel and striving for a prophetic edge.

We are committed to nurturing a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion, and want to encourage applications from a diverse range of people. 

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Post Introduction

The Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Norwich has stood for over 900 years as a beacon of faith and hope for the people of Norfolk. It has had different functions in different ages, and yet its purpose remains unchanged: witnessing to the constancy of God’s love for each of us in Christ, and offering a perspective on the world that each generation inhabits. The Benedictine Principles inform our Mission Statement: Norwich Cathedral is a Christian presence at the heart of Norfolk

  • A place where all are welcome
  • A place to share learning
  • A place to grow in holiness
  • A place to serve others

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Main Responsibilities

To lead the life and work of Norwich Cathedral, and to share with the Diocesan Bishop and other senior colleagues in the oversight of the Diocese of Norwich as it seeks to be Transformed by Christ: Prayerful, Pastoral and Prophetic.

Opportunities of the role will include:

  • Leading Chapter and the wider Cathedral community in building on the momentum and progress of their mission and ministry. To prayerfully explore where God is guiding the Cathedral, to be responsive to how the world has changed, to rebuild the Cathedral community post-pandemic and maximise opportunities for strategic growth and development
  • Seeing the Cathedral’s financial stability as an opportunity for creativity and, guarding against any future complacency, using its resources imaginatively in proclaiming the Gospel, working in partnership and equipping other churches in the Diocese in mission
  • Building and developing the excellent platform of relationships and partnerships, making sure that the Cathedral’s resources and talents are used as a force for good in the City, County and Diocese
  • Growing the Cathedral community to be younger and more diverse
  • Further embedding good governance as the Cathedral adopts the Cathedrals Measure, making sure people from diverse backgrounds with the necessary skills are appointed
  • Driving forward the Cathedral’s commitment to social and environmental responsibility, embracing the social Gospel and striving for a prophetic edge, proactively embracing the Church of England’s commitment to be net zero by 2030.

The Ideal Candidate

A prayerful and confident leader and pastor who is emotionally intelligent, collegially minded, collaborative, empowering and encouraging; a courageous leader who is unafraid to challenge or be challenged; humble, joyful, perceptive, creative and curious.

A gifted preacher and teacher committed to outreach and to growing the church younger and more diverse, has experience of nurturing worshipping communities, who is able to help people deepen their discipleship and put their faith into action.

An innovative leader in mission, who will find the Benedictine ethos life giving, with the ability to navigate and balance the spiritual with the commercial.

Has a heart for the Anglican choral tradition whilst intentionally seeking out accessible styles of worship and ways of being Church.

Gifted in developing partnerships in the City, County and Diocese; someone at ease in the public square, who understands the convening power of a Cathedral, who loves community engagement, working with others and is able to move seamlessly between intersecting worlds and relationships.

A wise, trusted and respected colleague, who will work closely with the Bishop and the Diocesan senior staff team, contributing fully to the strategic leadership of the Diocese, supporting clergy and building relationships.

Understands the need for good governance and effective implementation; financial, commercial and property awareness; experience of leading and motivating large staff teams; the wisdom to know when to seek and act on the advice of professional expertise; someone who looks to the long-term with a strong sense of momentum and purpose.

About Us

Worship at Norwich Cathedral is in the catholic tradition of the Church of England. The Chapter values the Daily Office and daily celebrations of Holy Communion which were maintained at home during the strict COVID 19 lockdown and in the Cathedral as soon as possible afterwards. Chapter colleagues value the time spent praying together at the Daily Offices and are regularly joined by the Bishop of Norwich for Morning Prayer. The Cathedral uses both Common Worship and the Book of Common Prayer. The Cathedral Choir is central to worship, with 20 boy choristers (educated at Norwich School), 24 girl choristers drawn from local schools and colleges, six Lay Clerks, six Choral Scholars and a children’s choir.

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