Fit for Mission Update 10 September 2021

First published on: 10th September 2021

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We had a great response and a valuable mix of thoughts, reflections and views around our principles and obstacles and a broad range of ideas around how we can ensure we are in the best possible shape to achieve our vision for the future.




Our Fit for Mission consultation is part of our commitment to introduce more people to Jesus, deepen discipleship, develop our Christian leaders of the future and work for justice.


To achieve this, it is vital that we address the key challenges that we have been facing as a church for some time.


We have all seen that church attendance has been in decline and we are reaching a crucial point in the Diocese – we need to increase our capacity to invest in our mission.


This decline has meant that over time, more has been expected of fewer people.  We know this must change – we need to work together to share the load if we are to be Fit for Mission.


We also need to explore how we look after our buildings, which need significant investment. It often falls to volunteers to meet the demands around maintenance. The way we manage them needs a new approach.

We also want to support local decision making, where possible focusing our resources to support those decisions


The Covid pandemic has created a unique set of circumstances for change and gives us a renewed opportunity to adapt and re-establish our parishes at the centre of communities.


Your views have been vital in helping to shape our future and we are continuing to pull together all your feedback.


We’ll be sharing more with you about the next stages of Fit for Mission over the next month so look out for more in a future newsletter.


In the meantime, the consultation email address is still open if anyone has anything further they’d like to share. 

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