Priorities & Progress

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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.
 


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.

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 2017 Lent appeal raised £28,000 to help equip a maternity ward for the Mount Kenya Hospital and build a borehole for a primary healthcare facility in northern Kenya. Our 2018 Lent Appeal will be raising funds for the purchase of a Water Bowser for use by the Diocese of Marsabit in Northern Kenya.

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.

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.

in 2016 38 people were licensed or commissioned as Lay Ministers, Evangelism Enablers and Pastoral Assistants

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 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.

In 2016 30 women and men were ordained as Deacons, two more than in the previous year. 340 stipends of curates and clergy were financed, and 420 houses, principally for clergy, were maintained and improved.

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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 café 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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Lay ministers are being developed.

 

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In 2016 38 people were licensed or commissioned as Lay Ministers, Evangelism Enablers and Pastoral Assistants.