Called Together

Launched in November 2017 in Rochester Cathedral, ‘Called Together’ is the Diocese’s vision to guide and shape the activity and mission of each and every person for the next five years.  It will do this through the themes of: Growing disciples, Enriching communities and Resourcing mission and ministry

Each priority has a number of streams of work which will be implemented and developed over the coming weeks, months and years.

The result of a year-long process of conversation, listening and prayer, people from across each archdeaconry helped shape the vision, by responded to the call to discern what the Holy Spirit might be calling them to do and be in their local setting, as well as what needed to change.

People took part in groups and as individuals, and included parishes, chaplaincies, schools, deaneries, home-groups and a variety of local settings.

A series of local events will take place in early 2018 in each of the Rochester, Tonbridge, and Bromley & Bexley Archdeaconries to support wider understanding and engagement with the vision.

A full range of ‘Called Together’ resources is now available to download below.

Resources

A handy selection of ‘Called Together’ material available for you to use now within your parishes:

Videos on Vimeo

Called together film

  • Watch: Called Together – our full length film about Called Together - our new five year vision - and how our three priorities are being realised across the Diocese.
  • Watch: Called Together – our short film about Called Together - our new five year vision - and how our three priorities are being realised across the Diocese.

Growing disciples We want to build confident disciples, who have deeper relationships with God and are more confident for evangelism and mission.

  • Watch: Developing a personal relationship with God through the ‘Closer’ course at Attic retreats in Chatham.
  • Watch: How young people are being supported to grow spiritually.

Enriching communities We want to enrich every community through the activities of the local church.

  • Watch: The church run café at the heart of the community in Greenhithe.
  • Watch: St. Andrew’s in Orpington links with the local allotment society to support its monthly lunch club.

Resourcing mission and ministry Enable parishes to run efficiently and sustainably, so that they can focus more on ministry and mission

  • Watch: How creative thinking is developing a Christian presence in new and existing communities.
  • Watch: Meeting the future needs of the community by rethinking the church space at St. Margaret’s in Rainham.

Background to the Vision

On Saturday 14 October, 2017 Bishop James gave an address to Synod looking ahead to the launch of Called Together. An audio and text version of his speech can be found here:

Archdeacon Simon spoke at Synod last year (2016) about the need to develop a new vision. An audio and text version of his address can be found here:




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