Diocesan Conference 2018

The Strategic Plan for the future was the focus of the day when members of the Llandaff Diocesan Conference gathered for their annual conference in Bridgend.

More than 300 people packed into the Sony Theatre at Bridgend College during the day-long conference on Saturday, September 29, which included group discussions on the Diocesan Vision/Strategic Plan.

Following the opening Eucharist, the Bishop of Llandaff, June Osborne, delivered her presidential address in which she thanked everyone from senior staff to clergy, the laity and school staff for the work they did.

She explained how the new strategy, which had been compiled following extensive consultation, would help guide the work of the diocese over the next five years.

The Bishop said, “Clarity with confidence was what people said they wanted therefore I’ve been in the business of helping us develop a shared vision, a picture of what we’d like the diocese to be in five years.”

She spoke of highlights from within the Vision which included the theme of outreach, the burden of buildings and how to better reach young people.

The conference then broke into 11 groups which were tasked with discussing what excited them about the Diocesan Vision and they were also asked for ideas about how the Vision was delivered.

In reporting back on the day they were asked to categorise bullet points within the Vision into urgent, important and non-essential.  Shifting the focus of the church to outreach was seen as a top priority by many groups, the conference heard.

Information from these sessions and that gathered during consultations held across the diocese during the summer will be used to help finalise the Diocesan Vision, which will be publicised once it has been completed.

The appointment of a new conference secretary, Canon Nigel Cahill, opened the afternoon session, followed by the business of the day including a presentation on diocesan finances by the Chair of the DBF Mr Michael Lawley.

Displays were set up outside the conference hall by 14 church schools.