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Inhabiting the world distinctively

Living a distinctive Christian life

What this means so far – click on the links below to find out more…

The Chelmsford Holding Cross

16,000 crosses are now in use.

16,000 Crosses

The Holding On course

A 5 session course, Exploring a Rule of Life with the Chelmsford Holding Cross, has been created.

In 2017 Bishop Stephen’s School for Disciples visited 19 venues.

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Our Prayer & Retreat Centre at Pleshey

Our commitment to prayer has been underpinned by the refurbishment of facilities at our Retreat House.

This now offers 27 bedrooms, of which 18 are ensuite, and a lift to the first floor.

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Being distinctive in the world

Living out our faith through street pastors, food banks & Christian Against Poverty centres.

Cherishing and
safeguarding God’s creation

Our Appeals

Our 2018 Lent appeal raised £60,000 for the purchase of a Water Bowser for use in the drought-stricken Diocese of Marsabit in Northern Kenya.

Evangelising effectively

Being the best we can be about sharing
the good news of Christ


As a diocese we are committed to develop the vital ministry of evangelism,
which essentially is working with God in His mission to this world.


What this means so far – click on the links below to find out more…


The St Cedd Centre for Pioneer Mission based at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Coller Row, is training Christians as pioneer ministers in line with our Synod's decision that every Mission and Ministry unit should have at least one Fresh Expression of Church such as 'Messy Church'


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The Colchester Pioneer Hub is rising to the challenges of fresh expressions of church in North East Essex.


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5000 people were trained

Nearly 5,000 people were trained in evangelism in 2013 and 327 mission events were held in 2014. We brought out a short guide on how to evangelise effectively.


Training in Action

Watch a video about how one parish put their training into action and the difference it made.

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Our Synod has decided that evangelism is for everyone

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More than 2,500 people have been awarded our Certificate in Christian Studies (CCS) since the course started in 1987.

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A nurture course, Pilgrim provides resources for the Christian journey

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Serving with accountability

Holding each other to account over the basics

What this means so far – click on the links below to find out more…

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£850k grant won to go towards our £1.4m improvement project bringing support to where it is needed most.

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A further grant of nearly £2M has been awarded to develop church communities on four vast new housing developments


Archdeacons’ visitations to parishes

Conversations are under way about 9 criteria for each church being seen to be a part of the whole Body of Christ - Worship, Spirituality, Nurture, Evangelism, Vocation, Service, Hospitality, Interdependence and Generosity.


Interim Ministry is helping parishes to make a change.


In 2018, 31 women and men ordained as Deacons and 30 were ordained as Priests. 340 stipends of curates and clergy were financed, and 425 houses, principally for clergy, were maintained and improved.


Re-imagining ministry

Sustainable ministry of all kinds for a growing church

What this means so far – click on the links below to find out more…

Watch Bishop Stephen’s video introduction.


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About 6,200 adults and children attend Fresh Expressions of Church like Messy Church and café church.


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A full team of Archdeacons has been put in place without it costing more.


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Our Area Deans and Lay Chairs have new roles.

25 Mission and Ministry Units have been formed so far to ensure that every community is served, resources are deployed strategically and there is mission-focused leadership and room and incentive for growth 

Mission & Ministry Units - a simple guide

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