– contributing as the national Church to the common good;
– facilitating the growth of the Church;
– re-imagining the Church’s ministry
Need to continually ask whether we are helping:
– to build flexibility in mission and to achieve spiritual and numerical growth
– achieve and enchance standards of excellence in ordained ministry across the country and to generate vocations [to ministry]?
– to sustain a capacity to influence policy, to respond to what the State proposes and to contribute to the common good?
– to communicate what the Church is about both to our own household of faith and to those outside?
Some possible emphases:
– The first is to be explicit about the need to counter attempts to marginalise
Christianity and to treat religious faith more generally as a social problem.
– Secondly, and related to this, is the need for the Church of England to be more effective in ‘telling its story’.
– Thirdly, continuing effort will be needed to develop the Church’s distinctive contribution to the delivery of statutory education.
– Fourthly, we shall need to be prepared to build partnerships for social cohesion.
– Fifthly, we need to continue to promote the wider community use of church buildings.
– Finally, we need to maintain an international vision.
1. The first question is how best to sustain a proper conversation and confident theological framework within which strategies and innovations for growth can be even more widely owned and developed by the Church.
2. Secondly, it is time to seek to identify some specific indicators of Church growth.
3. Thirdly, a realistic view is needed of the role of the Church at national level in facilitating growth, consistently with the principles of subsidiarity.
1. First, the effort to attract more, younger vocations needs to be sustained and enhanced.
2. Secondly, the work that the Ministry Council is already doing to define more sharply the strengths and skills of our future ministers should be further developed in the light of changing patterns of ministry and the need for more clergy to see their role as leaders of teams rather than sole practitioners.
3. . Thirdly, the adequacy of present systems for delivering sufficient clergy to meet diocesan needs in all parts of the country should be re-examined.
4. Fourthly, in the face of many competing demands on time and money, what can be done to safeguard the quality of ministerial development review and the delivery of continuing ministerial education within a coherent framework of support and challenge?
5. Fifthly, there is some serious thinking to be done if the rhetoric about the role of the laity is to be turned into reality.
1.legislation to enable women to become bishops;
2.the adoption of the Covenant for the Anglican Communion;
3. managing the continuing debate about human sexuality;
4. the Dioceses Commission’s first major report – on the five Yorkshire dioceses – and perhaps in due course conduct other major reviews;
5. a draft Clergy Discipline (Amendment) Measure;
6. contingency work on a possible new Clergy Pension Scheme.