What is Transforming Presence?

Transforming Presence is a big mission to ‘transform and be transformed’ - transforming the Church for the transformation of the world.

There are four strategic priorities in Transforming Presence -

Inhabiting the world distinctively.

Evangelising effectively.

Serving with accountability.

Re-imagining ministry.

As a diocese we all have a part to play in God’s transforming mission of love to the world through our parishes, schools, chaplaincies, fresh expressions and every disciple of Christ.

Each community in East London and Essex has an Anglican church. Each church is being transformed by receiving the good news of Christ and living it out. The same good news is transforming each community.

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To help make it happen we brought out a booklet called Transforming Presence about the four strategic priorities involving all our teams and we trained nearly 5,700 people at 19 training events.

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Support has come from a conference of a thousand people in 2012, our synod (or church regional parliament), our three area bishops and seven archdeacons, our 24 area deans and lay chairs and the organisers of an estimated 327 mission events in our centenary year 2014.

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How Transforming Presence has developed

A surge of activity has taken place since Transforming Presence was launched in 2012. You can find out more in Priorities & Progress. 

Major milestones have been our Conference in 2015,  Unwrapping God’s Gift in 2016, the School for Disciples and Refresh in 2017, and [Re]source in 2018.

Growing new Christian communities is becoming a central part of Evangelising Effectively. 



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