*** DEBUG END ***

Deans of women’s ministry an outdated idea

06 March 2015


From Canon Roger Hill

Sir, - I see from your columns that dioceses continue to appoint deans of women's ministry, and wonder whether others share my bewilderment about why.

In these happy and long-awaited days when ministry is fully open to women and men, it seems only right that together they should share both structures of support and encouragement and also mechanisms for the righting of wrongs and the airing of grievances.

Holding on to posts that were undoubtedly necessary in the past makes the Church appear to lack confidence in the decisions taken. What we need to do is fully to lay hold of the prize we have gained.

4 Four Stalls End, Littleborough
Lancashire OL15 8SB

Browse Church and Charity jobs on the Church Times jobsite

Letters to the editor

Letters for publication should be sent to letters@churchtimes.co.uk.

Letters should be exclusive to the Church Times, and include a full postal address. Your name and address will appear below your letter unless requested otherwise.

Forthcoming Events

Green Church Awards

Closing date: 30 June 2024

Read more details about the awards


Festival of Preaching

15-17 September 2024

The festival moves to Cambridge along with a sparkling selection of expert speakers

tickets available



Festival of Faith and Literature

28 February - 2 March 2025

The festival programme is soon to be announced sign up to our newsletter to stay informed about all festival news.

Festival website


ViSIt our Events page for upcoming and past events 

The Church Times Archive

Read reports from issues stretching back to 1863, search for your parish or see if any of the clergy you know get a mention.

FREE for Church Times subscribers.

Explore the archive

Welcome to the Church Times


To explore the Church Times website fully, please sign in or subscribe.

Non-subscribers can read four articles for free each month. (You will need to register.)