The Bishop of Lichfield, the Rt Revd Jonathan Gledhill
- Discovering the Heart of God
- Growing Disciples
- Reaching New Generations
- Transforming Communities
- Practising Generosity
These are the five themes which together will take the our Diocese forward in its Going for Growth plan which has been our overall mission for the past five years. Each theme we trust will help us prioritise and guide us as a diocese in our discipleship and faithfulness.
Discovering the Heart of God
The Rule of Life Prayer Card and new Community of St Chad are two initiatives designed to revive our worship and prayer life
As we look ahead to a changed church by 2020 it is clear that in many places our lay people are a largely unused resource. For over 40 years we have emphasized the calling of all the baptized to be the Church. Ever since the Tiller report we have spoken of moving from a static view of church, as a priest with a congregation and a beautiful building, to a dynamic view of a group of Christians being trained for the Kingdom and building a loving community.
Reaching New Generations
One of my deepest wishes is to bring more children and young people into our churches and to a living faith; and I have asked for a new youth strategy to be developed this year.
We are making new, exciting connections between the world of work and our faith and to address the global need for a more moral market.
God has given us more than enough resources to be his Church—and these resources are in our bank accounts!
And my prayer for this Diocese as we look ahead is:
Heavenly Father, send your gracious Holy Spirit upon us, so that we can discover your heart;
grow new disciples, reach new generations, transform communities and practice generosity together.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord
- Rule of Life Prayer Card (pdf)
- Community of St Chad (awaiting pdf)
- Position Paper – Agreed Priorities (pdf)