The benefice is currently without a Rector and in what is known as a vacancy or interregnum. During this time the day to day running of the parishes falls to the churchwardens.
The first stage in preparing to appoint a new rector is to produce a parish profile which will describe the benefice in detail and set out the requirements of the new incumbent. A team has been appointed to do this and has started work. Once this document has been produced it will need to be approved by the PCCs and then by the Archdeacon. Following this a “Section 11” meeting will be called, of which four weeks’ notice has to be given at which various decisions will be made including the appointment of the parish representatives who have to be members of one of the Parochial Church Councils (PCCs)who will be involved in the shortlisting, interviewing and appointment of a new Rector. The whole process is likely to take several months and even after appointment a new incumbent will have to give three months’ notice at their previous post.
Following a meeting between the Parish Representatives, the Archdeacon of Derby and the Area Dean a timetable has been agreed for the next stages of the process. A further meeting of the Parish Representatives agreed the wording for an advertisement to appear in the Church Times and on the Diocesan website. That advertisement has now appeared on the Diocesan website and will appear in the next available issue of the Church Times.
The joint PCC held a Section 11 meeting on Tuesday 6th November. We can now confirm that the Parish representatives who are going to be responsible for advertising, short listing, interviewing and appointing our new Rector are Anne Cousins (Dale), Helen Groome (Risley), Roger Jones (Risley), Robin Lacey (Stanton) and Elaine Warren (Stanton). The Parish representatives will now have to meet with either the Archdeacon or the Area Dean in order to discuss the process of advertising, application dates, interview dates etc. Please keep the representatives in your prayers during this busy time. Please note that the representatives are not in the position of being able to talk to anyone else about what is happening. Any updates that they are able to give and share will be made available on this page, so please keep looking!
We expect to receive the official notice of vacancy within the next week. When that happens we can call the “Section 11” meeting which will then set the next stage of the process in motion.
The Benefice Profile has now been approved by the PCCs and will go to the Archdeacon for diocesan approval before it can be published. It is therefore still only available to members of Stanton-by-Dale with Dale Abbey PCC and Risley PCC. When it is approved for publication it will appear on the link from this page. The next stage before this happens is the calling of a Section 11 meeting for PCC members at which various other decisions will be made together with the appointment of the Parish Representatives. When any further information is available it will be published on this page.