We have discerned three priorities for action that must be at the centre of our diocesan life so that each and every one of us to ‘live and tell the story of Jesus’. They reflect the way in which we seek to put our vision into practice and to address the challenges we face across the diocese.
To enable all of these we will seek to place prayer and worship at the forefront of our life together and to build a spirit of unity and generosity in living out our vision.
To place mission and evangelism at the heart of everything that we do
We are conscious that we have often had our eyes focused too internally, at the expense of our missional calling. This priority reminds us that everything we do needs to be set within the context of sharing God’s love with the world (living the story) and proclaiming the gospel (telling the story).
We will shape our life together to serve and embrace our communities better; we will undertake more activities and initiatives with an explicitly missional purpose and engage more proactively with our communities at a personal, parish, deanery and diocesan level.
To realign our ministry resources towards mission
We will shift the balance of the resources we deploy in time, people and buildings towards mission and provide more resources for explicitly missional roles; that we will invest in our communities and in initiatives in order to follow God’s missionary purposes; and that we will seek numerical and spiritual growth as we trust in the leading and guiding of God’s Holy Spirit.
To identify, develop and use the gifts of all our people
We will seek new ministry models that help us all to make best use of the gifts and talents that God has given to his people; that we will seek to build congregations that flourish through serving each other, serving their communities and witness to the love of God in Jesus Christ.
The three strategic priorities govern the implementation of the strategy. They provide a framework for decision making and planning, at Diocesan level but also for Archdeaconries and Deaneries. All decisions and policies should be consistent with these priorities and any initiatives should be designed to implement.
The priorities provide a framework for decision-making and planning at a diocesan level but also for archdeaconries and deaneries. All decisions and policies should be consistent with these priorities.