Last updated 27th June 2022
The past two or so years have been a time of significant disruption and change for most parishes across our diocese. With the turmoil of Covid restrictions now thankfully in our rear view mirror, many parishes are looking to the future, considering how Vision 2026 can continue to be developed and implemented in a post-Covid world. With that comes deep and searching questions:
‘What does mission and ministry look like in our parish post-Covid?’
‘What is the Spirit of God leading us into in this new season?’
‘Which of the areas of opportunity and potential around us shall we focus on in the medium term future?’
To help answer those questions, a number of PCCs are taking time aside, through ‘away days’, to pray, imagine and set priorities for the future. Often, the objectives set in that process are know as ‘Mission Action Plans’ or ‘Vision Plans’. All the church growth research, and anecdotal evidence, tells us that where PCCs are galvanized and focused on a set of mission priorities, growth follows.
The diocesan Vision Partners are a group of clergy, representing a range of traditions, who can support and facilitate Vision/ Mission Action Planning for parishes who wish to set Vision/ Mission Action priorities. These clergy are experienced and proven leaders in church growth, but who will come as a non-judgmental advisor, encourager and sounding board.
As well as facilitating away days, they will also advise and support PCCs in the preparation for away days, and support them in embedding the priorities that are set into the ongoing pattern of PCC meetings. There is also capacity to provide support for parishes in vacancy, assisting PCCs in developing parish profiles.
To access support from the team, in the first instance please contact the diocesan Parish Renewal Lead, Rev’d Steve Haskett, via email@example.com or 07379 195763.