National Deaneries Network DX Hot Topic #1

Electronic DX is the new electronic version of Deanery Exchange being distributed by the National Deaneries Network.

Now that Deanery Exchange is produced and distributed in electronic format, we have the capacity to produce more (and shorter) issues – our aim is four per year – and the occasional Hot Topic, intended to provoke discussion.

Download Hot Topics Synod elections 14714 the first Hot Topic (HT #1), Make Synods more synodical

Thiscontains two challenges for you and all Deanery Synod members as electors when the General Synod elections take place next year (2015). Please feel free to copy HT 1 for small or large group discussion, and urge your deanery and diocese to do all they can to meet the challenges set.

The National Deaneries Conference:

A limited number of places are still available for
Deaneries : Mission or Mystery ?
The National Deaneries Conference at Swanwick from Friday 3 to Sunday 5 October.

Full details, with a booking form, have already sent circulated (and are attached again) with a further reminder and update of programme details sent to you a week or so ago. If you, or a representative from your deanery, have not yet booked places at the conference, please take a look at the full and interesting programme, and get your booking in pronto. Down load Conference Details here

Geneal Synod Fringe Event and Exhibition:

This DX HT #1 comes soon after the General Synod in York in July, with its momentous decision to approve the appointment of women to the episcopate. The national Deaneries Network ( NDN ) had an information stand throughout the Synod meeting and generated a lot of interest and enquiries. On the Saturday lunchtime NDN held a fringe event under the banner Beware – Deaneries Alive ! subtitled The Untapped Mission Potential of the Deanery. With speakers Bishop Alastair Redfern and Archdeacon Christine Wilson (both of Derby Diocese), the event attracted some 40 GS members – a good proportion of those attending the Synod. Christine is of course one of the speakers at Swanwick, and will also be preaching at the Conference Eucharist.

Everyone attending the event received a hard copy of the NDN report prepared following the 2013 survey of Deanery Synod Lay Chairs, to which there was a response of about 33% (one in three). The report will be available at the National Deaneries Conference and will be available to download from the NDN website. Printed copies can be provided for £1 each.

Help us keep upto date: Our mailing list for DX and other Deanery information is now extensive and includes the great majority of the Deaneries in England and Wales, as well as many other interested individuals. Please pass on this mailing to others you know who will be interested, and if you know others who would like to be on the mailing list, please send the relevant email contact details to

Link to Parish & People and the Deanery Resource Unit

There is now a link from the new NDN website to Parish & People and the Deanery Resource Unit NDN Resources, and there you will find a wide range of past P&P publications relevant to deaneries and a list of practical briefing papers. Most of these are still available in hard copy at reasonable prices from the DX editor (see contact details). We hope to see you at Swanwick, and please ensure that your Deanery continues to include me on the circulation list for DS minutes and other relevant papers.

PETER J BATES, DX Editor / Compiler for Parish & People

DX Contact Details:

Please send your DS minutes, other relevant papers and items of interest to the DX editor / compiler, Peter J Bates at or They are invaluable in fulfilling the purpose of DX, in the interchange of ideas and information amongst Deaneries.

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