Called Together

Called Together is the Diocese’s vision to guide and shape the activity and mission of each and every person for the next five years. It will do this through the themes of: Growing disciples, Enriching communities and Resourcing mission and ministry

Called Together focuses on growth, growth in spirituality and numbers. In practical terms this means enabling our local churches and communities to grow.

Highlights from the first year

The first full year of activity has seen progress across the Diocese as we seek to respond to God’s call to us. We have launched the Children’s & Young People’s Fund  and the Missional Property Fund, the majority of these funds are secured from external organisations to resource local churches.

We have held events which focus on setting a culture of evangelism, and are piloting a Rhythm of Life to explore one way to deepen discipleship. A series of local events took place in each of the Rochester, Tonbridge, and Bromley & Bexley archdeaconries to support wider understanding and engagement with the vision.

We have enabled people to speak out about the injustices of modern day slavery, homelessness, and debt.  We have encouraged people to pray in new ways, continued to support new churches in new communities and re-missioning in Kings Hill, Ebbsfleet and Chatham. We’re looking at chaplaincy, administration, and supporting big projects.

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Bishop James says: “There is lots going on, and hopefully what shines through is how this grows disciples, enriches communities, and resources mission and ministry.

“Having completed a busy and productive first year we have plans in place to do much more communication on Called Together, again, the demand for sharing stories and demonstrating progress is there.”

Plans for 2019 also include events for resourcing rural churches, to share resources for discipleship, for prayer, church growth and more.

How  Called Together was developed

Launched in November 2017 in Rochester Cathedral, Called Together is the result of a year-long process of conversation, listening and prayer.

People from across each archdeaconry helping shape the vision, by responded to the call to discern what the Holy Spirit might be calling them to do and be in their local setting, as well as what needed to change.

We refer to this as ‘crowd-sourcing the will of God’. Read more about the process here

Resources

A full range of ‘Called Together’ resources is now available to download below

Videos on Vimeo

Called together film

  • Watch: Called Together – our full length film about Called Together - our new five year vision - and how our three priorities are being realised across the Diocese.
  • Watch: Called Together – our short film about Called Together - our new five year vision - and how our three priorities are being realised across the Diocese.

Growing disciples We want to build confident disciples, who have deeper relationships with God and are more confident for evangelism and mission.

  • Watch: Developing a personal relationship with God through the ‘Closer’ course at Attic retreats in Chatham.
  • Watch: How young people are being supported to grow spiritually.

Enriching communities We want to enrich every community through the activities of the local church.

  • Watch: The church run café at the heart of the community in Greenhithe.
  • Watch: St. Andrew’s in Orpington links with the local allotment society to support its monthly lunch club.

Resourcing mission and ministry Enable parishes to run efficiently and sustainably, so that they can focus more on ministry and mission

  • Watch: How creative thinking is developing a Christian presence in new and existing communities.
  • Watch: Meeting the future needs of the community by rethinking the church space at St. Margaret’s in Rainham.

Background to the Vision

On Saturday 14 October, 2017 Bishop James gave an address to Synod looking ahead to the launch of Called Together. An audio and text version of his speech can be found here:

Archdeacon Simon spoke at Synod last year (2016) about the need to develop a new vision. An audio and text version of his address can be found here:




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