Diocesan News

Updated 24th December 2021

Launde Deanery Announcement: 23rd December 2021

It has been announced this week that Jonathan Dowman and Alan Humphrey will be new interim Co-
Area Deans of Launde Deanery for a 12-month period beginning in January. Jonathan is being seconded
one day a week from his diocesan role to be able to take this on, whilst Alan will also be offering around
one day a week to the role, alongside his current ministry at Launde Abbey.
Jonathan and Alan will share overall responsibility with Deanery Lay Chair Madeleine Wang for deanery
leadership through the deanery standing committee and synod. They will also share the convening and
leading of the Deanery Chapter and Greater Chapter.
Jonathan will offer pastoral support for the incumbents in the deanery and those lay ministers with
leadership responsibilities, together with welcoming any new clergy to the deanery. He will also
encourage shared learning within the deanery as church communities and ministers seek to respond to
the three key questions and the Shaped by God Together programme. Jonathan’s contact details are
Alan will have individual responsibility for supporting the Coplow Benefice in its vacancy. He will also
offer support to Julia Unna, the administrator for the deanery and Coplow Benefice, and to PTO clergy in
the deanery. Alan’s contact details are Alan.Humphrey@leicestercofe.org
Alan and Jonathan will be licensed as Co-Area Deans by Bishop Martyn, once a date for that early in the
New Year has been agreed. In the meantime, please do pray for them both as they prepare to take on
these new responsibilities.

Shaped by God Together Update:

The Diocese of Leicester Synod has voted in favour of a Minster Community framework, this will be a group of Churches, fresh expressions of church and Schools working together. The diocese will have around 20 Minster Communities each led by an Oversight Minister who is ordained and a team including a Growing Faith of children and young people within the ministry of our churches and fresh expressions. The other two posts will be an administrative ‘operations director’ and an ‘on the ground’ pioneer type minister.
The framework was overwhelmingly supported (72%) by Synod and it is intended it will gradually be brought into place by 2026, discussions between parishes, schools and fresh expressions working together to decide what their local leadership will be.

The Bishop of Leicester announces that The Revd. Canon Alison Booker, Vicar in the Coplow Benefice and Area Dean of Launde, has been appointed as Archdeacon of Oakham in the Diocese of Peterborough.

Alison’s final service in the benefice will be on Christmas Day and she will be licensed by the Bishop of Peterborough on Sunday 6th February 2022 at Peterborough Cathedral.

 For further details please click the following link:  Read more here.

Alison will be hugely missed in both the Greater Coplow Benefice and the Deanery itself.  

Shaped by God Together:
Bishop Martyn explores Diocesan Priorities.

Ministry – 3 ways in which we can use
Clergy and other 
Please click on the link below to listen to Bishop Martyn
reflecting on the three models of Ministry being
considered in the Shaped by God Together process: