Consultation

One misson, many places: Consultation on Indicative Offers

“We have all expressed through Called Together an ambition to grow disciples, enrich communities and resource our mission and ministry. The proposal on Indicative Offers is about supporting that vision.” (Geoff Marsh, Diocesan Secretary)

The Diocese is inviting parishioners, clergy and PCCs to contribute their views to a consultation on Indicative Offers, as developments to the way funding for the shared mission and ministry of the local Church are considered.

The full proposal can be found here or a summary leaflet that can easily be shared with others can be downloaded here.

What is being proposed?

Currently each parish makes a voluntary but vital Pledge Offer to support the work of the Diocese each year.

An Indicative Offers based system would see each parish provided with a suggested amount they could afford, based on a common formula.

Why we think this is the right way forward

In Paul's first letter to the Corinthians we read how important it is that we recognise that we are all part of one body  and dependent upon each other.

We believe the Indicative Offers system best supports this Christian ideal and the concept of a common fund into which every parish contributes fairly.

But now, we want to hear your views.

Take part

Those interested in contributing to the consultation have until the 2 November 2018 to do so.

The full proposal can be found here, or a  summary leaflet can be downloaded here. There is also an handy news article to help share details of the consultation with others.

As you pray about and discuss the proposal, you may also find it useful to use some of the following materials:

  • Annual Review 2017: A snapshot of life in the Diocese over the past year made possible by the generous giving of parishes
  • Stewardship resources: Material explaining how living a geneous life is part and parcel of our Christian discipleship. 

Share your views

You can contribute your views either by completing our online questionnaire: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/indicativeoffers

By email: consultation@rochester.anglican.org

Or by post:

One mission, many places consultation, Diocese of Rochester, St. Nicholas Church, Boley Hill, Rochester, ME1 1SL

What will happen next?

Once the consultation closes on 2 November, 2018, a further report and submission will be made to Bishop's Council. A final decision on Indicative Offers will be made in March 2019.

This is an important change and we value your help as we consider the way forward.

Thank you

 




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