PDAs (or Parish Development Advisors) are part of the Department of Mission and work with the area bishop and archdeacon to support and enable mission and ministry in the four archdeaconries of the diocese. We work closely with other parts of the Department of Mission such as the youth and children’s advisors, discipleship advisor, generous giving advisor.
Helping you to discern, explore, implement and evaluate your vision and strategic direction.
This work takes time. A PDA will work with you through the process in a way that is most appropriate in your context.
This might include:
reviewing your effectiveness in mission and ministry
reviewing or developing a plan for mission and ministry and its implementation
facilitating an Away Day
PDAs work with teams of different sizes and areas of focus to increase their effectiveness.
This might include working on:
effective communication and delegation
conflict resolution and trouble-shooting
developing appropriate power and authority structures
understanding how to release gifts/ministries within others
Coaching and mentoring
The Diocese of Oxford is committed to supporting clergy.
PDAs work with the diocesan Ministry Accompaniers’ network to offer mentoring, coaching and work consultancy to all clergy licensed within the diocese. To explore working with a Ministry Accompanier, clergy can contact their area PDA.
PDAs visit all clergy when they are new post to make arrangements for focused transitional coaching for the first year of the new post.
When your vicar is leaving, your PDA will contact the churchwardens or PCC to arrange a meeting to explain the process and offer you support. The PDA will work with the parish/benefice and deanery structures throughout the process.
The support PDAs offer includes helping you to:
review who you are as a parish/benefice
think about your future direction
discern and articulate the particular gifts and skills you hope to find in your new priest
guidance on the preparation of the parish/benefice profile and the person specification