Our Vision

our vision statement - "Come follow Christ in the footsteps of St Chad"

The vision, mission and ministry of the Diocese is focused around the three priority areas of discipleship, vocation and evangelism (DVE) - following in the footsteps of the first bishop of Lichfield, St Chad.

Our shared Diocesan vision, which is reflected in the video below, is:

"As we follow Christ in the footsteps of St Chad, we pray that the two million people in our diocese encounter a church that is confident in the gospel, knows and loves its communities, and is excited to find God already at work in the world. We pray for a church that reflects the richness and variety of those communities. We pray for a church that partners with others in seeking the common good, working for justice as a people of hope."

An update on our direction of travel at the end of 2018 is here.

The direction of travel builds on the Diocese's established five mission themes and will be worked out in parishes, fresh expressions of church, schools and chaplaincies.

Four new mission projects have been to reflect these contexts: 4 Rural Youth in the Salop Episcopal Area, Church and Church School Together In Worship And Mission in the Stafford Episcopal Area, Blakenhall Heath Mission Project in the Wolverhampton Episcopal Area and a diocesan-wide Missional Chaplaincy project.

Our vision as a Diocese was laid out by the Bishop of Lichfield, the Right Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave, at the 'First Steps' event at Lichfield Cathedral in May 2017.

People across the Diocese have been invited to reflect on our vision in their local context. More information is on our 'Next Steps' page.