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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.


This year Bishop Stephen’s School for Discipleship is visiting 19 venues.

Watch a School for Disciples video and download other resources

Listen to Bishop Stephen's 2016 Lent lecture on Inhabiting the world distinctively

Further resources can be found on our
Resources and Downloads page.

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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.

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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 latest Lent appeal is raising funds for two very different projects in Kenya – equipping the newborn unit at a hospital and sinking a borehole.

Last year’s appeal helped to raise more than £25,000 to support a project which has been helping farmers to overcome some of the problems associated with climate change.

A special appeal to help Syrian refugees on their arrival in the diocese raised nearly £100,000 in three months.


Evangelising effectively

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

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

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.

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Training in Action

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

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120 Evangelism Enablers and Parish Evangelists are in post.

Last year 32 people completed our Certificate in Evangelism and five completed the full course as Evangelism Enablers

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.

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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.

245 CCS students are studying at 22 local centres.

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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 covering Worship, Spirituality, Nurture, Evangelism, Vocation, Service, Hospitality, Interdependence and Generosity.

More than 800 new Christians a year are confirmed.

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28 Priests

28 Priests and 30 Deacons were ordained in the past year.

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149 people are Readers or Licensed Lay Ministers.

62 students are in training for ordained and lay ministry at our theological college.

91 curates are in years 1-3 of curacy, the highest number in living memory.

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 cafe church.


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Mission focused leadership

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.


Mission & Ministry Units - a simple guide

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Growing diverse vocations

Lay ministers are being developed.


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Last year 38 people were licensed or commissioned as Lay Ministers, Evangelism Enablers and Pastoral Assistants.