Bishop: ‘we commit ourselves to two paradoxical truths – sticking at what we have already begun; asking God‘s spirit to make it in new! ’
22nd Nov 2018
The Bishop of Chelmsford Stephen Cottrell has applauded the work of parishes in Essex and East London as he spoke about the progress the Diocese has made with Transforming Presence – The four strategic priorities for the Diocese.
He was addressing the new Chelmsford Diocesan Synod.
The Bishop highlighted that the Diocese work with refugees is leading the way for the whole of the Church of England.
Bishop Stephen also praised the flourishing of licenced and authorised lay ministry.
The Bishop urged that all this good work must continue, as the Diocese strives to meet its target of establishing 101 new worshiping communities by 2028.
Bishop Stephen said:
“As this new Synod begins we commit ourselves to two paradoxical truths – sticking at what we have already begun; asking God‘s spirit to make it in new! This work will require perseverance and imagination. May the Spirit bless us with both.”
Image: Bishop Stephen created the 'doodle' above to show the work of Transforming Presence.
The Diocesan Synod was held on 17 November 2018 at Chelmsford Cathedral.
The Synod is the regional assembly of Chelmsford Diocese - the Church of England in Essex and East London.
The Synod was the first in a new three year cycle. Newly elected Synod members were welcomed.
Transforming Presence sets out the strategic priorities for the Diocese.
To be a Transforming Presence in every community, every church, every school and every chaplaincy we focus on four priorities:
- To inhabit the world distinctively - We are all disciples of Jesus Christ
- To re-imagine ministry - We all have a share in God’s ministry
- To serve with accountability - We are all accountable to God and to each other
- To evangelise effectively - We share the faith, grow the church and serve the world
Find out more at www.transformingpresence.org.uk
The synod heard updates on the Diocese Ministry to Refugees, the creation of a new Youth Synod and the work of Street and Rail Pastors across the Diocese.