Adelaide has hosted Australia’s first ever Australasian Deans Conference, welcoming Anglican Church deans from across Australia and New Zealand.
Eighteen Australian Deans and six Deans from New Zealand attended the conference from July 30 to August 3, and participated in a special service at St Peter’s Cathedral.
Dean of Adelaide, the Very Reverend Frank Nelson, said it was a valuable chance to collaborate.
“There is only one Dean in a diocese so there is the element of isolation from peers,” he said.
A Dean’s Conference is a wonderful way of swapping ideas, what worked or did not, what forms of service are out there as resources.
He said each Dean brought useful experience to the conference, including guest speaker Dr Matthew Anstey, Principal of St Barnabas’ Theological College in Adelaide.
“The sheer scope of ministry across our cathedrals is quite mind-blowing,” The Rev’d Nelson said.
“We spend time in prayer and worship, listening carefully to each others’ stories and providing a safe space for mutual support, encouragement and learning.”
Dean of Auckland, the Very Reverend Jo Kelly-More, delivered the Sunday morning sermon, with Dean of Grafton, the Very Reverend Donald Kirk, preaching at Evensong.
This is the first time New Zealand dioceses have been represented at the event.