Since the beginning of November I have been Area Dean of Lancaster (more work, same pay!) This means I have a role in liaising between our Diocese and the clergy and parishes of our Deanery. The Church of England is broken up into Dioceses, which are often approximately the size of a county. They come under a Diocesan Bishop, who is often assisted by one or more other Bishops. Dioceses are then made up from smaller areas called Deaneries, and a clerge is designated Area Dean, to offer support and care to the clergy, feed back concerns to the centre and pass on information and other stuff from the centre to the parishes. We also have an involvement in recruiting and interviewing prospective new vicars.
Having had that role for one month, I am now (wait for it) Area Dean of Lancaster & Morecambe. We thought that our area ought to include the other major town in its title, and as I live there it seemed a good idea. It won't change the world, but it seemed the right thing to do. Good job I didn't get any headed notepaper made!