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.
Using all the information gathered, a draft strategic vision and plan has now been formed which outlines the work and direction of the diocese through our parishes and schools over the next five years. It considers where we can best focus and place our resources, how we can enable a wider range of people to help us achieve the vision and how we can both tell the story more confidently and live that story out daily.
And now we are asking for your responses to the plan. Bishop June is really keen that everyone has the opportunity to contribute to the plan and feel that they have a stake in the vision. The vision and plan will be far more effective if a wider range of people have invested in it. Is it ambitious enough? Can you see it working? What is missing? The draft plan and questions can be found online.
Survey questions – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/5M6RKL3
Cwestiynau Survey – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/5MK3GFH
Or alternatively you can receive a hard copy in English or Welsh. Call 01656 868868.
Also a series of consultation events will be running at the same time in your local area where you can come along and hear about the plans and respond directly in person. The dates, times and venues are as follows:
5 July, 7.30pm at St Margaret’s, Mountain Ash, CF45 4DA
9th July, 7pm at St John’s, Canton, Cardiff, CF11 9DE
11th July, 7.30pm at St Theodore’s, Port Talbot, SA13 1LE
All are welcome to attend, please do come and bring anyone along who might be interested. These open meetings are expected to last an hour.
The consultation runs until 9 July. Everyone is welcome to respond whether they are a member of a church or not. All answers will be treated confidentially.
Depending on the level of responses received in the consultation, the draft plan will be reshaped 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. Now is the chance to make a difference through that presence. So let us know what you think. We encourage you to take part, complete the survey and help build our church’s future together.