Strategic Vision and Plan: Tell Us What you Think
Since Bishop June’s arrival in Llandaff last July, she has visited all corners of the Diocese talking to parish members, schools and clergy colleagues to understand how communities are faring and what the opportunities are that lie ahead for the church. This has been a really good listening exercise for the Bishop who has been delighted to hear about the strength of activity and mission right across the Diocese in a whole variety of different settings and contexts from small rural parishes to inner city urban churches. A Ministry Task Group has also been working behind the scenes consulting specifically on ministry structures and helping shape our understanding of the ways in which parishes might best operate.
The consultation on the first draft of the strategy has now taken place. Ten different focus groups took part, there were 3 open meetings in the archdeaconries and an online survey. In the end over 250 people contributed. We are very grateful to all those who have taken part and given their time and shared their thoughts. It was so heartening to see the positive levels of commitment and interest right across our communities.
The comments have all been compiled and are being incorporated as much as possible into a second and even perhaps a third draft before being presented finally at the end of September at the annual Diocesan conference. A delivery plan will then be constructed which will set out the individual actions for each focus area for the next five years with points mapped out where we will be able to assess how well we are doing.
The vision reminds us that as the Church in Wales we sustain a Christian presence in every single community. This strategy will present a new focus for making a real difference through that presence.
Thank you for taking part.