Diocesan Strategic Vision

Our five year strategy to grow faith and
transform our church communities.

Because faith matters.

Our vision is that all may encounter and know the love of God through truth, beauty and service, living full and rich lives through faith.

Transforming lives through living and bearing witness to Jesus Christ is our calling. We seek to do this in a Diocese that is strong, confident, alive and living in faith, engaged with the realities of life and serving others in His name.

Our profound belief in the sovereignty of God means that we will look to continue Christ’s church and mission by telling the joyful story of Jesus, growing the Kingdom of God by empowering all to participate and building the future in hope and love.

Our shared aims

  • Telling a joyful story.
  • Growing the Kingdom of God.
  • Building our capacity for good.

Evangelism Bid update

We’ve recently found out that we have been successful in moving to stage 2 of our Church in Wales Evangelism Fund bid. This is indeed wonderful news as we move ever closer to realising our vision, Where Faith Matters.

At stage 2 we need to submit a more detailed proposal, ensuring matters of project management and effective governance are addressed. We have a provisional date of 4th March for our next meeting with the Evangelism Fund panel. Please keep the Vision Team in your prayers.

Engaging the missing generation

Our bid is to fund Young Faith Matters, a project that focuses on engaging the missing generation of church-goers, namely children, students and young adults.

Young Faith Matters will share the Good News of Christ through intentional engagement with this missing generation, nurture faith and develop excellence across the diocese within evangelism and mission to those from 3 – 30+.

An important aspect of Young Faith Matters is establishing new forms of church, including setting up a Resource Church in the capital of Wales. Watch this video where Rev Ryan Forey, who is joining us from Portsmouth to lead the resource church, tells us more about planting a church in the Diocese of Llandaff.

More information about Young Faith Matters – and updates on embedding our vision – will be shared over the coming weeks. In the meantime, refresh your memory of what we hope to achieve by listening to last year’s Lent Talks which introduced Where Faith Matters.

New Church Buildings team ready for the year ahead

Clare Jenkins and Sarah Perons

Management of church buildings is an important strand of our Where Faith Matters vision. As we begin embedding our vision across the Diocese, we’ve established a new Church Buildings team who will be working with you on your church building projects, as well as promoting faith tourism and identifying additional uses for local church buildings.

Sarah Perons takes on the new role of Church Development Officer. She’ll be focussing on simplifying the management of buildings as well as working with parishes to explore additional uses for their buildings. Sarah will also be supporting events for the Year of Pilgrimage, and working on a Sustainable Churchyards project.

Introducing Clare Jenkins, our new Church Buildings Administrator. Originally from Lincolnshire and a conservator by training, Clare brings a useful skill set to the Church Buildings team. She’ll be first point of contact for advice on church buildings and faculties, as well as helping parishes with the preparation of Statements of Significance and Need for their church building projects.

Any questions about church buildings? The team are happy to chat with you.

clarejenkins@churchinwales.org.uk 01656 868854
sarahperons@churchinwales.org.uk 01656 868861

Bishop commissions new vocations team

In January, Bishop June commissioned the new Vocations Team to support the parishes to discern vocations, and support individuals to realise their calling.

In 2019 a new Vocations team was formed to increase vocations to ordained and lay ministry, a strategic goal identified by the Ministry Delivery group. The team is led by The Rev David Morris, Director of Ordinands, who says:

New vocations emerge largely from one place, the pews! Our churches, schools and chaplaincies are seed beds of God given potential, and we’re here to help all the baptised to realise their potential. We encourage growth in discipleship. We are responsible for the nurture of your calling. We enable others to achieve their full potential.

Read Fr David’s blog What are you meant to be doing? and visit the Ministry section for more information about vocations.

2019 updates

New communications strategy will transform the way we engage with new and exisiting audiences

A new way of communicating and engaging with audiences has been agreed by the Vision Delivery team. The new communication strategy puts ministry at its heart and aims to use digital and traditional media to tell our joyful story.

Here’s the strategy.

Progress has already been made with Croeso, our diocesan magazine, now available digitally and in print, and the introduction of our weekly newsletter, Llandaff Matters.

Developing Christian distinctiveness in our church schools

Deborah and Andrew

Our new Education Team are working closely with schools to transform young people’s lives. They will be working with school leaders to help them explore and confidently articulate a distinctive Christian ethos and implement high quality religious education, collective worship and spirituality.

The Education Team are:

  • Andrew Rickett, Director of Statutory Education.
  • Beccie Morteo, School Development Officer.
  • Deborah Griffiths, Education Support Officer.

Visit the Schools & Education section of the website for more information about Education.

Appointment of new Director of Communications and Engagement

Organisational development adviser Matthew Batten is to join Llandaff Diocese as the new Director of Communications and Engagement.

Matt, who has worked at the Royal College of Nursing for the past 11 years, takes up his post at the end of May.

Announcing his appointment, the Bishop of Llandaff, June Osborne, said, “I am delighted to be welcoming Matt Batten to the Diocese of Llandaff as our new Director of Communications and Engagement.

“He brings with him great energy and extensive experience of national organisations seeking to make a difference. I am confident that he will play an important role in the implementation of our strategic vision “Where Faith Matters” and look forward very much to working with him as a colleague”.

Matt started his career in communication and engagement at Stonewall Cymru, where he was Policy and Public Affairs Officer. He joins the diocese from the Royal College of Nursing where he’s worked for 11 years, most recently as Organisational Development Adviser leading on transformational change.

He said, “I’m thrilled to be joining the Diocese of Llandaff at such an exciting time. I truly believe the new vision will do much to invigorate the diocese, and I look forward to working with our church communities to turn vision into reality.”