We are committed to enabling parishes to run efficiently and sustainably, so that they can focus more on ministry and mission

The first full year of activity has seen progress across the Diocese as we seek to respond to God’s call to us. Here’s some of what has been achieved so far:

Planning for Growth

The Planning for Growth working group have been working on an approach to encourage and enable every place to develop their Called to Grow plan.

This will be delivered through a toolkit with a standardised approach, and the appointment of Facilitators to help develop and implement the plans.

This workstream draws together many elements of other workstreams and is an investment in growth in every parish across the diocese.

More information on this will be shared early in 2019.

Resilient Growing Churches

The Missional Property Fund (supported by Marshalls Charity with match funding from the Diocese) launched and had its first round of applications. Eight projects totalling £116k have been awarded funding. The applications for the fund far outweighed the resources available.

To build Financial Resilience we are working towards break-even in the budget. We have increased transparency in our expenditure, income and funds, and changed our Annual Report format to aid this.

We are rolling out a programme of Treasurer’s training and aiming to make it available online.

The Communications Team have run successful Social Media training events for local churches with the national team. The monthly e-newsletter is now well established, and there is more activity on social media. Together – the new magazine,  launched this month (November 20189).

Administration and Support – Making it Easier

We have launched a GDPR toolkit and training for parish reps and diocesan staff.

We have held a tendering process for our legal services.

We have promoted and held elections for the new Diocesan Synod and are currently in the same process for Bishop’s Council and Committees. The first session of the new Synod (13 October) included a time of induction.

Project Initiation Support

We are looking at how to support churches who are undertaking large projects.

The pilot work was to support the reclarification, re-design, and retendering of the church and church hall refurbishment and building works at Holy Redeemer, Lamorbey.

Much learning has been captured from this project and will be written up. As part of this work the project successfully applied for and secured an additional £150k of grant funding from London Marathon Charitable Trust.

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